How do we make decisions about a situation we have not encountered before?
New work from the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, shows that we can solve abstract problems in the same way that we can find a novel route between two known locations, by using an internal cognitive map.
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Critical Decisions (2) Ch Jonathan Haverkampf MD
Many areas, such as law and medicine, are largely about making right decisions in the face of incomplete information, but so is making a choice at the local supermarket. With many decisions, we feel we have to get them ‘right’, even if we are not sure what ‘right’ really means. Practically every decision is based on assumptions, but often we also assume basic parameters, such as our basic values and what is important to us, without questioning them, which can lead to decisions that make us worse off. This is why it is important for a good decision to reflect on one’s values and what is truly important to oneself.