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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Second Edition edition (28 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412959039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412959032
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Mark Leiser on 26 April 2014
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Punchy, and concise, but full of good research and analysis for the cognitive psychologist and behavioural economist. A must buy.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
An interesting read 14 Jan. 2003
By "phoenix830" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book as part of a college course on cognition. It was defintely the most interesting of the 3 books we read in this class.
The book effectively teaches you how to go about making well-thought-out decisions. The text in itself is easy to read and comprehend. There are also many apt examples, both abstract and from everyday life. This combination ensures a successful reading of this book.
While I would have probably never read this book if not for the class I took, I'm glad I did and would recommend this people from all walks of life. Being able to make a good, well-thought-out, rational decision is the best skill one can have.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A must for all Decision Analysis Consultants 5 Nov. 2001
By "cagrier" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a management consultant working with clients to make higher quality decisions, I have made many observations of how people (especially executives and groups) make business decisions. But observing how they make decisions is different than "why" they decide what they decide. This book provides so much insight into the "why" it is definitely worth the reading. While the book is very valuable on the "why" it is a little dated on state of the art analytic decision techniques. But with that said, I would highly recommend this book to any consultant (OE, OD, DA, etc.) working with individuals or groups where decisions are being made.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A great update to a classic 27 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The addition of Reid Hastie as an author to Robyn Dawes' classic text on judgment and decision making was superb choice. This edition appears to be written very much in Hastie's voice, from the perspective of a cognitive psychologist. Moreover, we find additional attention paid to algebraic models, which was something that was missing from previous editions. Hastie and Dawes ranks as one of the essential readings for the judgment and decision-making field.
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Helps you understand decisions -- and life, too 12 Aug. 2002
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The authors emphasize that decision-making is a skill that can be learned and improved. As I work with career changers, I have become convinced that most of us have not learned this skill, and most of us could benefit from a careful reading of this book.
Hastie and Dawes present results of scientific psychological research, using language that is easy for the ordinary person to understand. Their examples come from everyday life and news stories: Chernobyl, the "hot hand" theory of basketball, mammography.
I would also recommend this book to any students of psychology, including those entering graduate school in social psychology, marketing or management. Hastie and Dawes demonstrate that academic studies needn't be dry, but in fact yield fascinating conclusions that are widely relevant. At the same time, they show the way researchers think and introduce the notion of probability in a way that makes readers want to learn more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What started as a required read became a favorite. 12 Mar. 2010
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For my graduate course in Judgment and Decision Making this was one of our texts - and I have to say I appreciate that very much. I won't be selling this one back - and in fact have already started to work on my own decision making processes using the principles my class and this text have taught me. The authors did their best to make it concise enough to easily absorb - which in my case allows me the time to learn more about the topic from current research - which I appreciate. This is a readable guide if you want it to be - it has the same issues as many texts (they use different terms for things than other researchers do, etc.) but that's normal. I would recommend this one if you really want to understand the science behind your mind.
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