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How to Make Better Decisions: Introduction (02:46)


Science says we often make bad choices. This program will explain how to be more rational.

Using Equations to Solve Human Problems (02:30)

A group of men with high IQs have difficulty approaching a potential partner. Mathematician Garth Sundem wrote a book of equations to solve complex human problems.

The Do I Stand a Chance with Her? Equation (04:26)

Sundem applies his equation to determine the success of the group of men getting a date. The men venture out to meet women in the bar. Analyzing decisions beforehand gave them confidence.

A Tricky Decision (03:58)

Identify all the factors that affect the decision and write them down. Magician Pete Firman gives shoppers the opportunity to gamble with BBC's money; the way he makes the proposition manipulates their decision making.

Risk vs. Safety Experiment (01:55)

Benedetto De Martino uses an FMRI scanner to monitor what happens in the brain when a person faces a loss or gain scenario. Experts discuss the framing effect and prospect theory.

Emotional Response (02:52)

They way New York taxi drivers calculate their work day reveals a lapse in rational thought. The prospect of loss or gain drives decision making. De Martino's experiment explains why we are not always rational about our decisions.

Living without Logic (05:05)

Our frontal lobe allows us to make rational decisions. A brain hemorrhage damaged Shana Sewell's frontal lobe in 2003; she now has to plan every decision. Shana describes a trip to the supermarket. Rehabilitation taught Sewell to externalize her decision making.

Facing Up to the Truth (04:16)

Petter Johansson and Lars Hall use a facial image experiment to better understand decision making. Hall discusses the impact of our surroundings on our decision making process. To avoid irrational decisions, be aware of loss or gain situations, understand emotions are a part of all decisions, write down your options, and realize we tend to rationalize bad decisions.

Head over Heels (03:43)

Sundem uses an equation to help shoppers decide whether or not to purchase shoes.

Messing with Your Head (05:22)

Prof. John Bargh studies showed our decisions can be subliminally manipulated; he explains priming. A PhD student experiments with the priming effects of temperature.

One Step Beyond... (05:21)

Dr. Dean Radin believes his experiments provide proof of precognition. Top Navy pilots discuss decision making in a fighter jet and consider why some pilots are better at anticipation and combat.

Sensing the Future (03:29)

Radin uses an emotional response experiment to help prove prediction is precognition. Analysis reveals skin conductance rises or remains calm before the volunteer sees the corresponding image.

Time Symmetry (02:27)

Lt. Josh Appazzato discusses "educated projection" while flying. Radin believes we have access to our near future and it can influence our present. Receive final advice for better decision making.

Credits: How to Make Better Decisions (00:45)

Credits: How to Make Better Decisions

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People are bad at making important decisions. But with the help of a few simple equations could you 'solve' all your problems and make life easy? According to philosopher, writer and part-time mathematician Garth Sundem, all you need is a 'simple' equation. From singles bars to how to guarantee a perfect divorce, Garth enlightens a mathematically deprived public, demystifying life, showing that maybe all we really need for a perfect life is a calculator. A BBC Production.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL95115

ISBN: 978-1-68272-310-4

Copyright date: ©2008

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