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Blog Series - Trilogy: "The Symphony of Decision Making: A Neurological Exploration"

Updated: Aug 18, 2023


Every day, our minds are faced with a myriad of decisions, from the mundane to the life-altering. But have you ever paused to wonder how these decisions are made? Is it the conscious, logical part of our brain at the helm, or are we often swayed by instinct and emotion?







Brief overview of the brain's complexity and its role in decision-making.

Brain Dancing:

  • Introduction to System One and System Two.

  • Characteristics of each system.

  • The study by Tversky and Kahneman and the implications of relying on System One.

  • Key takeaways about the interplay between the two systems.

Everyday Decisions:

  • The staggering number of decisions we make daily.

  • The role of emotions in decision-making.

  • How the brain processes information differently under stress.

  • Evolutionary responses and their implications in modern times.

Conclusion:

  • Emphasize the importance of understanding our brain's dual systems for better decision-making.




A brief analogy of the brain as an orchestra, setting the stage for the detailed exploration of its parts.

Brain Regions and Their Main Functions:

  • Breakdown of the Prefrontal Cortex, Hippocampus, Posterior Parietal Cortex, and Amygdala.

  • Their primary functions and relevance in decision-making.

The Brain's Decision-Making Symphony:

  • A creative exploration of how different brain regions collaborate in decision-making, using the orchestra analogy.

  • How each "section" of the orchestra plays a unique role, contributing to the overall melody of our choices.

Conclusion:

  • Highlight the importance of each brain region in the decision-making process and how they work in harmony.



Setting the stage for the final exploration of the intricate factors influencing our decisions.

Hormones and Decision Satisfaction:

  • The role of serotonin, dopamine, cortisol, and other hormones in decision-making.

  • How hormones can influence our satisfaction with decisions.

Hard Decisions and Acceptance:

  • The challenges of making decisions that impact others.

  • The importance of understanding the rationale behind decisions.

Decision-making Traps and How to Avoid Them:

  • Stimulus overflow, permanent stress, perfectionism, and their implications.

  • Tips and strategies to navigate these traps.

Creating a Melodious Symphony:

  • Practical advice on refining decision-making skills, from feeding quality data to understanding hormonal influences.

Conclusion:

  • A reflective wrap-up on the importance of understanding the myriad factors influencing our decisions and the beauty of crafting harmonious choices.


Throughout the series, we'll weave in relatable examples from personal choices, work/career choices, sales pitch choices, and parenting choices to make the content more engaging and relatable for readers. This structure ensures that each topic is given its due attention, while also maintaining a cohesive narrative throughout the series.


References & Sources:


1. Wall Street Journal. (2018, June 20). Making Sense of How Our Brains Form Decisions. YouTube. Link

2. Tversky, Amos and Kahneman, Daniel. Judgment under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases. Science, New Series, Vol. 185, No. 4157. (Sep. 27, 1974), pp. 1124-1131.

3. Gigerenzer, Gerd. " How do smart people make smart decisions?" YouTube, uploaded by TEDxNorrköping, 26 Jan. 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvX5ao5SCjE

4. Oxley, Thomas. "Neuroanatomy made ridiculously simple." YouTube, uploaded by Thomas Oxley MD, 20 Nov. 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvX5ao5SCjE

5. Boyd, L. "How Neuroplasticity Gives You The Power To Shape The Brain You Want." TEDx Talks. 16 Dec. 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNHBMFCzznE

6. Ahlfeld, Benedikt. "THE POWER OF DECISION-MAKING." YouTube, uploaded by TEDxGraz, 28 Mar. 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=542qgGgL1s4

7. Phillips, David JP. "The magical science of storytelling." TEDxStockholm, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj-hdQMa3uA.

8. Garofalo, Sara. "The psychology behind irrational decisions." YouTube, uploaded by TED-Ed, 12 May 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2EMuoM5IX4


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