Massimo Piattelli Palmarini, Jocelyn Raude

Choices, Decisions and Preferences Publication date : April 21, 2006

How do we go about making decisions? What are the biases that affect our reasoning, our judgement and our values?
Over the past twenty years, major advances have been made in the area of study that includes the psychology of preferences and reasoning, psycho-economics, the theory of decision-making, and the study of judgement. This large area, lying at the crossroads of various disciplines, was fully consecrated when the Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to Daniel Kahneman.
In this book, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, a specialist in cognitive illusions, explains the fundamental concepts, principles and key problems of decision-making theory, as manifested in the conditions of daily life.
He shows how our vision of probabilities affects our preferences and he describes what is known today about the processes in our brains that enable and influence our choices.

This is a precise synthesis of current pioneering work in the area of decision-making.

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini is Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. He is the author of Le Goût des études (1993), La Réforme du jugement (1995), Petit traité sur Kant à l’usage de mon fils (1996) and L’Art de persuader (1999).