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Author Lambert, Kelly, author
Title Well-grounded : the neurobiology of rational decisions / Kelly Lambert
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
book jacket
 RCHSS Library  QP395 L36 2018    AVAILABLE    30560400653264
Descript xi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-284) and index
Introduction -- The Brain's Contingency Calculator : The Secret of Our Success -- The Brain's Output : Behavior's Many Forms -- The Human Brain : An Embarrassment of Riches -- Building the Brain's Contingency Circuit -- When Life Distorts the Contingency Filters -- Fine-Tuning the Contingency Calculators : Well-Grounded Lessons from Rats, Comedians, and Triple-Crown Horse Owners -- Parenting : Time to Recalculate Life's Contingencies -- Calculating Effective Strategies for Treating Mental Illness -- Getting Down to Business : Putting the Contingency Calculators to Work -- Stretching the Contingency Limits : New and Imagined Realities -- Epilogue : Redefining Prosperity--From Strategic Champagne Bubbles to Accurately Perceived Life Affordances
A neuroscientist reveals unique aspects of decision making and the best strategies for protecting and enhancing the brain's ability to navigate life's uncertainties. Contingency calculations--the ability to predict the outcomes of decisions and actions--are critical for survival and success. Our amazing brains continually process past and current experiences to enable us to make the most adaptive choices. But when the brain's information systems are compromised--by such varying conditions as drug addiction, poverty, mental illness, or even privilege--we can lose the ability to arrive at informed decisions. In this engaging book, behavioral neuroscientist Kelly Lambert explores a variety of the modern factors that can lead to warped neural processing, or distorted realities she terms "brain bubbles." Individuals who define success in terms of creature comforts and immediate gratification, for instance, may interact less with the physical and social world and thereby dull their ability to imagine varied contingency scenarios. The author underscores how continuous, meaningful, and well-grounded experiences are required if we are to make the best decisions throughout our lives.-- Source other than the Library of Congress
Subject Decision making -- Physiological aspects
Neuropsychology -- Physiological aspects
Neurobiology -- Physiological aspects
Decision Making -- physiology
Decision making -- Physiological aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst00889055
Neurobiology. fast (OCoLC)fst01036315
Neuropsychology. fast (OCoLC)fst01036493
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