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The Mind Within the Brain: How We Make Decisions and How Those Decisions Go Wrong

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In The Mind within the Brain, David Redish brings together cutting edge research in psychology, robotics, economics, neuroscience, and the new fields of neuroeconomics and computational psychiatry, to offer a unified theory of human decision-making. Most importantly, Redish shows how vulnerabilities, or "failure-modes," in the decision-making system can lead to serious dys ...more
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published July 18th 2013 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Raphi
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book took me a few months to grasp all of the wonderful neuroscience but I just finished! It took me on a great journey and answered a lot of questions about our decision making from an instinctive point of view and how we can make better decisions by slowing down our consciousness. A quote I like is "Conscious decision to act occurs when we recognize the decision to act." There are many other great facts in this book and its organized in such a way that anyone can understand it. It continu ...more
Ryann Tansey
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had to read this for my fourth year university seminar on the cognitive neuroscience of decision making. I was a little apprehensive at first that our main text would be a non-academic work, but I found that it was an extremely informative book, with lots of well-articulated scientific information that would be accessible to the layperson while challenging enough for those better versed in the field. Redish maintains a very professional tone, but I appreciated the interesting footnotes and pop ...more
Logan Hughes
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm about 30% into this and so far my impression is: this book covers the same ground as books like Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions and How We Decide, but it's much, much less engagingly written.

The problem with this book is that it's aimed at a lay audience--it assumes no prior knowledge, summarizes basic concepts and well-known experiments that psychologists, students, and anyone with an interest in this sort of stuff is most likely already aware of--but the
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Terrence
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great discussion by leading researcher

This book is s clear and concise discussion of what we currently know about brain processes involved in decision making. The text is clearly written and not too technical.
Vincent Anton
A little complex but really interesting, did take time to read it.
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