Key neurons judge options during decisions

Research with monkeys choosing between juice flavors clarifies how the brain makes decisions by evaluating the benefits of each option.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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3 things drive our social media ‘non-click’ decisions

Why do we click on some social media posts but not on others? Researchers did a deep dive to get to the bottom of what they call the "non-click" decision.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Ideas from others may prevent ‘fixation’ on your first solutions

When solving problems, we tend to rely on things that have worked in the past, which psycholgists call "fixation." Other ideas may get you out of the rut.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~5 min

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Cognitive limits mess up decisions based on chance

Cognitive limitations lead to skewed perception of probability that can cause disastrous decisions, researchers say. But we also compensate to get by.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~5 min

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When survival is on the line, pessimism pays off

Pessimism is a particularly useful strategy in making decisions when it comes to long-term survival, even when it can seem "irrational," researchers say.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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‘Zero bias’ could cost you money for retirement

A phenomenon called "zero bias" can skew people's decisions about retirement accounts, report researchers.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

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People share fewer memories as they get older

The older people are, the fewer memories they share, research finds. And when they do share, they do it in less detail than younger people do, too.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

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AI decisions: Do we deserve an explanation?

If artficial intelligence is involved denying you something, such as a mortgage, bail, or lease, do you deserve an explanation? A political philosopher says yes.

Stanford • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~10 min

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Survey: Parents aren’t sure about school in the fall

A new survey shows a majority of parents will likely send their kids back to school this fall and support measures to help keep kids safe from COVID-19.

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

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Our standards go down as decisions drag on

Whether hunting for the best bargain, buying a new car, or even picking your partner, our standards drop as we make decisions where choices come one by one.

U. Zurich • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~5 min

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