Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thinking about thinking

I just recently finished reading Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow. I'm probably shifting away from cognitive psychology books for the next little while as this has been a very comprehensive read on the history and very thorough breakdown of the current state of cognitive psych and behavioural economics.

This is a dense read in terms of the amount of content but is a good book for those wanting an in-depth tour of the landscape of thinking, decision making, rationality, memory and the far reaching consequences it has in daily life, economics, politics, and the understanding (or at least the observation of how) people make their decisions.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the field of psychology and economics and of the previous books I've talked about before. There is a tendency for these books to eventually cover the same concepts and cases, but this is a very thorough guide for those who are not as familiarly versed with the pitfalls of human decision making. Even if you are well read in this field, it's always good to read about the subject from one of the foremost experts in the field. Daniel Kahneman is one of the world's leading psychologists, a Nobel prize winner in economics for his work on prospect theory (which is definitely covered in the book!), and considered as the father of behavioural economics.