Inspecting a restaurant menu, planning a holiday, saving or investing money, joining a gym... Our lives feature an endless succession of decisions, and most of them are made unwittingly. The author, a major scholar in the field of decision-making, immerses the reader in the everyday experience of human behaviour and unveils the subtle mechanisms underlying one of our most recurrent thought processes. Unlike most texts on this topic, which focus on decision theory, this book explores a set of behaviours that highlight the actual practice of decision-making. These behaviours are described in such a way as to emphasise decision-making mechanisms and the sources of bias which commonly influence them, thus helping the reader avoid judgment errors and inadequate choices.
Rino Rumiati teaches Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making at the University of Padua.