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Reasoning and Decision Making Paperback – Aug. 15 1994

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This volume brings together two hitherto separate aspects of the psychology of thinking: how people reason, and how they make judgements and decisions. This exploration is timely for two major reasons. First, reasoning and decision making are increasingly examined in the role of reason in the construction of preferences, and students of deduction are examining the role of values and preferences in reasoning. Second, research in the two domains has revealed a striking parallel; human thinkers make radical departures from the canons of rationality - from formal logic in the case of reasoning, and from expected utility theory in the case of decision making. The two departures have forced social scientists to think again about the nature of human mentality.

The contributors are all internationally known experts, and their chapters range over the nature of rationality, how individuals construct reasons for choices, how they are led astray by focusing on only certain aspects of situations, how they assess the strength of inductions, how they reach decisions on juries, and how their performance can be improved. Reasoning and Decision Making will be suitable for advanced undergraduate reading and beyond, and will be of interest to psychologists, decision theorists and philosophers.

About the Author

P. N. Johnson-Laird is Professor of Psychology at Princeton University, and is a fellow of the Royal Society and the British Academy. His research interests are: psycholinguistics and the theory of meaning; thinking, reasoning and creativity; and emotions and consciousness.

Eldar Shafir is Associate Professor of Psychology at Princeton University, and was the recipient of the 1992 Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award, and the 1993 Chase Memorial Award.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (Aug. 15 1994)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1557866015
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1557866011
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 339 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.88 x 1.91 x 22.86 cm

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Eldar Shafir was born in Israel, and has lived in the US for the past 30 years. He is a professor at Princeton University, where he studies and teaches decision making, cognitive science, and behavioral economics. He is co-founder and scientific director at ideas42, a non-for-profit social science R&D lab, where talented people apply behavioral insight in attempts to make the world a slightly better place.

Eldar is Past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, member of the Russell Sage Foundation Behavioral Economics Roundtable, and Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He has advised at the White House and the Treasury Department, among others. Given people's magnificent talents, he finds their failures remarkable and challenging. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.

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