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This is a massive area and mainly I have enclosed the work of Daniel Kahneman, author of ‘Thinking Fast and Slow” published in 2011, which has become a best seller and contains a summary of much of his life’s work; particular that carried our with his friend, the late Amos Tversky. They were professors of psychology at various illustrious institutions around the world, but most of their work was carried out at Princeton. Kahneman later won the Nobel Prize for Economics for his work in “Prospect Theory”.
Much of Daniel Kahneman’s work is centred on decision-
This is the theme that is pursued by Dan Ariely, who sprung to fame with his book, ‘Predictably Irrational’ published in 2008. Ariely teaches at Duke University and is the founder of ‘The Centre for Advanced Hindsight’!
Ariely explains, "My goal, by the end of this book, is to help you fundamentally
rethink what makes you and the people around you tick. I hope to lead you there by
presenting a wide range of scientific experiments, findings, and anecdotes that are
in many cases quite amusing. Once you see how systematic certain mistakes are-
I have included references to Nassim Taleb and Richard Thaler who are active in this field.
My suggestion for this section is to dip into the videos first such as:
Dan Ariely asks, “Are we in control of our decisions?”
Daniel Kahneman’s TED talk on, “The Riddle of Experience vs Memory”
You will find some summaries and articles. “Thinking Fast and Slow St Mary’s” is an extract from a talk given at the school in 2012. It is short and fairly informative.
As stated previously, this is a large and expanding area, which has been included in John Hattie’s latest book, “Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn”.
Watch this space, I think this area will become very big in education very soon.