Field study shows group decision making not always the best
New study finds poverty leads people to focus on short term goals while ignoring the long view
Adolescent alcohol expsoure may lead to long-term risky decision making
(PhysOrg.com) -- Picture this. A bunch of adolescent rats walk into a bar and start consuming Jell-O shots. Lots of them.
Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows
Humans have a well-documented tendency to see winning and losing streaks in situations that, in fact, are random. But scientists disagree about whether the "hot-hand bias" is a cultural artifact picked up ...
Zombies offer key to understanding how crowds evacuate
Zombies might not be the most obvious candidates to use when researching how crowds evacuate buildings, but they have proved a key factor in a new study into crowd behaviour.
Helping people through the decision-making process using a web-based application
(Phys.org) —Not everyone likes to make decisions alone. People sometimes need feedback. Now they have a social media site that can give it to them.
Humans and monkeys of one mind when it comes to changing it
Covert changes of mind can be discovered by tracking neural activity when subjects make decisions, researchers from New York University and Stanford University have found. Their results, which appear in the ...
Deciding to go left or right: Researchers use device to determine that lower animals can navigate too
For decades, scientists have associated binary decision making opting to go left or right with higher-ranking animals, including humans. A team of Harvard researchers, however, is rewriting that ...
Researchers find clue to explain how penguins know when to surface
Full bladder, better decisions? Controlling your bladder decreases impulsive choices
What should you do when you really, REALLY have to "go"? Make important life decisions, maybe. Controlling your bladder makes you better at controlling yourself when making decisions about your future, too, according to a ...
Brain cell mechanism for decision making also underlies judgment about certainty
(PhysOrg.com) -- Countless times a day people judge their confidence in a choice they are about to make -- that they now can safely turn left at this intersection, that they aren't sure of their answer on ...
Ancient gene gives planarians a heads-up in regeneration
A seldom-studied gene known as notum plays a key role in the planarian's regeneration decision-making process, according to Whitehead Institute scientists. Protein from this gene determines whether a head or tail will regrow ...
Trust your gut ... but only sometimes
When faced with decisions, we often follow our intuitionour self-described "gut feelings"without understanding why. Our ability to make hunch decisions varies considerably: Intuition can either be a useful ally ...
Time management skills keep animals primed for survival
Many animals may have a previously under-appreciated ability to make up for lost time with more effort, according to new research publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology.