Metacognition: Thinking About Thinking

August 18th, 2010

This week on Business Matters, we’ve invited science writer Jonah Lehrer to discuss the brain mechanics underlying decision-making. We’ll talk about how too much information can sometimes make decisions more difficult, a condition he describes as “paralysis by analysis” in his recent book, “How We Decide.” We’ll also explore how one can improve on their own decision making process by practicing “metacognition,” or “thinking about thinking.” Also this week, Market-Check CEO Dan Peak joins us to discuss the deeper meaning beyond the headlines in our weekly feature, “Beyond the News.”

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Beyond the News
With Special Guest Dan Peak, CEO of World-Check
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Jonah Lehrer, Author, How We Decide| Download MP3

Jonah Lehrer is a contributing editor at Wired Magazine and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He’s also contributed to the New Yorker, the NY Times Magazine, Nature, Seed, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe and he’s a frequent contributor on WNYC’s Radiolab. He graduated from Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, but Jonah first become interested in science journalism after a stint as a lab technician performing menial tasks. He also writes the Frontal Cortex blog for Wired.

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