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How We Decide Paperback – Jan 14 2010

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (Jan. 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547247990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547247991
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Cash or credit? Punt or go for first down? Deal or no deal? Life is filled with puzzling choices. Reporting from the frontiers of neuroscience and armed with riveting case studies of how pilots, quarterbacks, and others act under fire, Jonah Lehrer presents a dazzlingly authoritative and accessible account of how we make decisions, what’s happening in our heads as we do so, and how we might all become better ‘deciders.’ Luckily, this one’s a no-brainer: Read this book.”—Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

"Over the past two decades, research in neuroscience and behavioral economics has revolutionized our understanding of human decision making. Jonah Lehrer brings it all together in this insightful and enjoyable book, giving readers the information they need to make the smartest decisions.”—Antonio Damasio, author of Descartes’ Error and Looking for Spinoza

“Jonah Lehrer ingeniously weaves neuroscience, sports, war, psychology, and politics into a fascinating tale of human decision making. In the process, he makes us much wiser.”—Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational

“Should we go with instinct or analysis? The answer, Lehrer explains, in this smart and delightfully readable book, is that it depends on the situation. Knowing which method works best in which case is not just useful but fascinating. Lehrer proves once again that he’s a master storyteller and one of the best guides to the practical lessons from new neuroscience.”—Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired and author of The Long Tail

“As Lehrer describes in fluid prose, the brain’s reasoning centers are easily fooled, often making judgments based on nonrational factors like presentation (a sales pitch or packaging)...Lehrer is a delight to read, and this is a fascinating book (some of which appeared recently, in a slightly different form, in the New Yorker) that will help everyone better understand themselves and their decision making.” —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

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Praise for Jonah Lehrer and How We Decide
 
?Jonah Lehrer is a brilliant young writer. His clear and vivid writing?incisive and thoughtful, yet sensitive and modest?is a special pleasure.”?Oliver Sacks
 
?Cash or credit? Punt or go for first down? Deal or no deal? Life is filled with puzzling choices. Reporting from the frontiers of neuroscience and armed with riveting case studies of how pilots, quarterbacks, and others act under fire, Jonah Lehrer presents a dazzlingly authoritative and accessible account of how we make decisions, what’s happening in our heads as we do so, and how we might all become better ?deciders.’ Luckily, this one’s a no-brainer: Read this book.”?Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
 
?Over the past two decades, research in neuroscience and behavioral economics has revolutionized our understanding of human decision making. Jonah Lehrer brings it all together in this insightful and enjoyable book, giving readers the information they need to make the smartest decisions.”?Antonio Damasio, author of Descartes’ Error and Looking for Spinoza
 
?Jonah Lehrer ingeniously weaves neuroscience, sports, war, psychology, and politics into a fascinating
tale of human decision making. In the process, he makes us much wiser.”?Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational
 
?Should we go with instinct or analysis? The answer, Lehrer explains, in this smart and delightfully readable book, is that it depends on the situation. Knowing which method works best in which case is not just useful but fascinating. Lehrer proves once again that he’s a master storyteller and one of the best guides to the practical lessons from new neuroscience.”?Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired and author of The Long Tail
 
?An inviting, high-velocity ride through our most treasured mental act?deciding. This is truly one of the most accessible and richly informed books on human choice. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the human mind and how cutting-edge research changes the way we think about ourselves. A marvelous success.”?Read Montague, Brown Foundation Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
 

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