Friday, September 17, 2010

Intuition: Its Powers and Perils

How reliable is our intuition? How much should we depend on gut-level instinct rather than rational analysis when we play the stock market, choose a mate, hire an employee, or assess our own abilities? In this engaging and accessible book, David G. Myers shows us that while intuition can provide us with useful-and often amazing-insights, it can also dangerously mislead us. Drawing on recent psychological research, Myers discusses the powers and perils of intuition when:
-- judges and jurors determine who is telling the truth;
-- mental health workers predict whether someone is at risk for suicide or crime;
-- coaches, players, and fans decide who has the hot hand or the hot bat;
-- personnel directors hire new employees;
-- psychics claim to be clairvoyant or to have premonitions;
-- and much more.

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