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Book Title: Thinking And Deciding|
The author of the book: Jonathan Baron
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 670 KB
Edition: Cambridge University Press
Date of issue: November 25th 1988
ISBN 13: 9780521348003
Read full description of the books Thinking And Deciding:Although exceeding five hundred pages of dense text, this book was hard to put down. Baron surveys a wide variety of research concerning human thought processes. It is written from a psychological perspective, rather than a neurological one, which makes it more practical.
Baron draws together the descriptive (how we think), normative (how we would ideally think), and prescriptive (the best practical path to achieving good thinking) models of thought. He discusses the pitfalls people commonly make in areas such as assessing probability, or choosing short-term gain over the long term. He covers a broad range of topics, including: probability, decision-making, utility, moral thinking.
The book is loaded with examples, and thoroughly footnoted with current research. In reading it, I became more aware of some of my own problem thought patterns, and learned new ways to model decisions. This book feeds the reader's need for both the abstract and the practical. I don't believe one can come away from it unchanged.
Read information about the authorJonathan Baron is professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies intuitions and judgment biases that impede maximization of utility (good) by democratic government. These include parochialism, the act-omission distinction, moralistic values, and the isolation effect. Relevant rubrics are Behavioral Public Finance, Behavioral Public Economics, and Behavioral Law and Economics. He is also interested in experimentation and data analysis.
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