Pinpointing the brain’s arbitrator: Reliability weighed before brain centers given control

amanimal called my attention to this fascinating article, which has a bearing on yesterday's and many other posts I've made about brain processing. We tend to be creatures of habit. In fact, the human brain has a learning system that is devoted to guiding us through routine, or habitual, behaviors. At the same time, the … Continue reading Pinpointing the brain’s arbitrator: Reliability weighed before brain centers given control

Taking your time with decisions

Steve Fleming has an interesting article at Aeon on the advisability of sometimes taking your time with making decisions. Whether lingering too long over the menu at a restaurant, or abrupt U-turns by politicians, flip-flopping does not have a good reputation. By contrast, quick, decisive responses are associated with competency: they command respect. Acting on … Continue reading Taking your time with decisions