Friday never seems to come around fast enough at the office.
Office work feels draining for a reason. Your brain builds up toxic chemicals when you concentrate for a long time.
So much uncertainty around risk can make it extra hard to decide what to do.
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People tend to dislike uncertainty and risk – two things that are hard to avoid completely during a pandemic. That’s part of why it can feel especially draining to make even small decisions these days.
The situation in the delivery room can change suddenly, and doctors need to react fast.
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It’s human nature to unconsciously rely on quick rules to help make spur-of-the-moment decisions. New research finds physicians use these shortcuts, too, which can be bad news for some patients.
For each decision we make, we assign a certain level of confidence. How does the brain decide how much?
It can be hard to see eye to eye when people don’t see risk the same way.
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How you respond to a risk depends on how you weigh the costs and benefits of an action. The problem is you’re not just a logical computer, and emotions bias your interpretation of the facts.
Cuba’s Finaly Institute, which is developing three ‘Soberana’ vaccine candidates for COVID-19.
A transcript of episode 14 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including how people make their life’s biggest decisions.
Cuba’s Soberana 02 coronavirus vaccine is one of two in phase 3 clinical trials.
Plus, a psychologist on how we look back at our big decisions in life. Listen to episode 14 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
How might a house that comes on the market today affect what you think of this one?
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Cognitive scientists are investigating the ways relative factors like new options and the order they’re presented influence your choices and beliefs.
Psychological research presents some unsurprising wisdom about how to make big decisions without regret: focus on people, don’t miss opportunities, and stay true to yourself.
Leading tech companies are increasingly using AI to influence our behaviour. But how persuasive do we find virtual assistants?
During Mental Health Week, let’s look at why some people, such as those experiencing depression or substance dependency, struggle to make decisions like everyone else.
Is it safe to nip out for milk? Should I download the COVIDSafe app? Is it OK to wear my pyjamas in a Zoom meeting? All these extra decisions are taking their toll.
When faced with a wildfire, responders must act quickly and decisively to save lives.
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Emergency responders and military personnel need to think creatively – even imaginatively – to save lives under pressure. Analyzing the Grenfell Tower Fire in London reveals useful lessons.
The path from decision to action is a winding one.
Our everyday lives are full of decision dilemmas. To understand why we make particular choices, scientists investigate how our brain deals with uncertainty.
You’re probably wrong about how long it would take you to know they’re ‘the one.’
New research confirms that people tend to rush to judgment, in spite of believing their own decisions and those of others are carefully based on lots of evidence and data. And that can be good or bad.
Commentators always like to imagine what players could have done better – we’re using AI to prove it.
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni, during Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston. D'Antoni successfully resisted calls to change his team’s offensive strategy after losing Game 1.
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Research has shown that the most successful basketball coaches resist pressure to make changes during games. Choosing not to make a move is sometimes also the right call for business leaders.
What’s going on in there when you decide?
A new initiative called the International Brain Laboratory is tackling this fundamental mystery of neuroscience in an unusual way.
Do I want the bigger one?
Going through the experience of regret can have a positive outcome.