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Straight Choices


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Table of Contents

1. Falling off the Straight and Narrow 2. Decision Quality and an Historical Context 3. Stages of Judgment I: Discovering, Acquiring and Combining Information 4. Stages of Judgment II: Feedback Effects and Dynamic Environments 5. Appraising Probability Judgments 6. Judgmental Heuristics and Biases 7. Associative Thinking 8. Analysing Decisions I: A General Framework 9. Analysing Decisions II: Prospect Theory And Preference Reversals 10. Decisions from Experience 11. Decisions Across Time 12. Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn 13. Optimality and Expertise 14. Two Systems of Judgment and Decision Making? 15. Emotional Influences on Decision Making 16. Group Decision Making 17. Applying Psychological Insights to the World Outside the Laboratory 18. Learning to Make Good Decisions. When, How and Why (Not)?

About the Author

Ben R. Newell is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Australia David Lagnado is Senior Lecturer in Cognitive and Decision Sciences in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London, UK. David Shanks is Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and Professor of Psychology at University College London, UK.


`This excellent book is a rare combination - an enjoyable read that beginners will like and a serious text that scholars will study'. - Daniel Kahneman, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, USA

`The perfect introduction to the latest developments in the fascinating field of judgement and decision making, setting classic findings and latest research firmly in the wider context of current thinking in the behavioural and cognitive sciences.' - Nick Chater, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK

'As a student, trying to find my way, I often wished for an accessible introduction to decision science, from the classics through the reigning paradigms to the cutting edge. Straight Choices is that book. Student or seasoned researcher, the reader will appreciate this fresh, highly readable narrative, which interweaves the psychology of decision-making with insights from cognitive science'. - Ralph Hertwig, Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany

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