The frailty and error-proneness of human cognition and the decision to torture

Under many conditions (including difficult and stressful ones), people rely on heuristics (cognitive shortcuts that enable decisions) and are prone to effects of social processes such as groupthink. We have a guide from more than fifty years of data in experimental psychology and experimental brain research to understand how human rationality and reason is bounded… Read More

Why you need lots of good quality sleep: Sleep loss affects work performance, ethics, memory and health

Sleep is hugely under-rated as a cognitive enhancer – proper sleep is a necessity Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia) for learning and memory, processes at the core of cognition. But sleep has lots more functions than enhancing cognition.… Read More

Decision making via nonconscious cognitive processes – AKA heuristics or ‘gut instincts’

Via my Brain for Business blog, a short piece on the adaptive rationality of nonconscious decision-making processes and the work of Gerd Gigerenzer. h/t: the  HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review.