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How We Make Decisions
12:32 on 29.7.2021




"How We Make Decisions" by John Lehrer

Any self-help book is ultimately about how, in any situation: a date, an interview, an exam, you can make the most effective decisions. But "achievement" books are usually on one shelf of a bookshop, and scientific, about the work of the brain - on the other. The distance between the shelves is like a gap between theory and practice.


Lehrer's book reduces this gap to a minimum.

In each section, he shows how the brain works in the most difficult situations: for a pilot in an accident, for a firefighter who catches fire, for a soldier who sees a dot on the radar, for a student before an exam or a job that can be ordered in an essay help. . For an athlete who makes a decisive throw, for a poker player who bets a few million.

And dramatic examples help to painlessly survive terms such as "prefrontal cortex" or "Rail Islands", especially since there are not many of them, and they are repeated from chapter to chapter.

After reading this book, you will learn:

- why it is so difficult for us to give up immediate benefits in favour of deferred ones;

- why, if we have to explain our choice, we will most likely choose the wrong type of cookies that we really like;

- why praise "you tried very hard" increases test results by thirty percent, and praise "you are very smart" decreases by ten;

As a result, Lehrer shows that both the book "Think like Sherlock" and the book "Pump up your intuition" sin one-sidedly.


Rational is no better than emotions, and emotions are no better than diet. According to the MATLAB Assignment Help, the author means that emotional intelligence, it turns out, processes a huge amount of data; powerful rational intelligence can only work with seven (plus or minus two) blocks of information.

If a person thinks rationally in a situation that requires weighing more than seven pieces of information, it is better to rely on emotional intelligence. And if emotional intelligence pushes us to pay for unwanted goods with a discount credit card, it is better to trust the rational to calculate how much interest on a credit card exceeds the amount of the discount.

The disadvantages of the book include the fact that some examples are based on not very popular sports - baseball and basketball. The terms "home run" and "landing" are even harder to obtain than the core accumulation and the limbic system of the brain.

But, nevertheless, Lehrer's book is a good scientific pop that is easy to apply in practice.

The next time you look at the discount tag, say to yourself, "Dopamine neurons, you won't fool me!"

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