Monday, February 27, 2006

I’m A Better Decision Maker When I’m Unconscious!

Okay, not really – but maybe! According to this article in Science magazine [subscription required] important decisions are better made when the thoughts about them are “put out of mind” and the choices are complex. The “deliberation without attention” theory has application in mediation. To learn a little more about the concept you might like to read about the study in this article from News or this article [registration required and it’s free] in the New York Times.

So, the next time you hear a party say “I’d like to sleep on it overnight” [allowing unconscious thought to kick in], you just might suppose that has some value – or not [depending on . . . .].

Think about it [pun intended] – have you ever awakened with a great idea or a solution to a problem?!?

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