Topic: Decision making

New Study Decodes Brain's Process for Decision Making

Nov. 7, 2013

When faced with a choice, the brain retrieves specific traces of memories, rather than a generalized overview of past experiences, from its mental Rolodex, according to new brain-imaging research from The University of Texas at Austin.

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People Merge Supernatural and Scientific Beliefs When Reasoning With the Unknown, Study Shows

Aug. 30, 2012

Reliance on supernatural explanations for major life events, such as death and illness, often increases rather than declines with age, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin. The study, published in the June issue of Child Development, offers new insight into developmental learning.

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The memory function

Feb. 13, 2012
The memory function

In this research QandA, Assistant Professor Alison Preston reveals how the brain supports memory and how memory influences the decisions we make.

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Older Adults Make Smarter Decisions That Lead to Long-Term Gains, Study Shows

Sept. 19, 2011

Many people believe getting older means losing a mental edge, leading to poor decision-making, but a new study from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas AandM University suggests older adults are far better at making choices that lead to long-term gain.

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Armed With Information, People Make Poor Choices, Study Finds

March 31, 2010

When faced with a choice that could yield either short-term satisfaction or longer-term benefits, people with complete information about the options generally go for the quick reward, according to new research from University of Texas at Austin psychologists.

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