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Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman

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Economics, Nonfiction

At a Glance

First published in 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow surveys decades of developments in cognitive psychology and behavioral economics. Author Daniel Kahneman, born on March 5, 1934, in Tel Aviv and raised in France, is a professor of psychology and public affairs emeritus who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. He is best known as one of the pioneers of the "heuristics and biases" approach to psychology. Kahneman conducts much of his work with his longtime friend and colleague, cognitive psychologist Amos Tversky (1937–96). The work emphasizes the extent to which people rely on intuitive approaches to problem solving—heuristics—that speed the process of finding a solution when making decisions. These patterns of behavior lead to predictable biases in thinking with far-reaching implications for business, policy, and day-to-day life. Thinking, Fast and Slow offers an accessible discussion of the heuristics on which people rely and of the illusions and mistaken beliefs to which the human mind most readily falls prey. One of the most appealing and accessible features of Thinking, Fast and Slow is its use of startling and even amusing experimental results to illustrate points. The ideas Kahneman presents are often difficult to follow in their abstract form, but they are easy to recognize when applied to concrete scenarios.

About the Title

Kahneman begins this survey of heuristics-and-biases psychology, Thinking, Fast and Slow, by introducing two "systems" of cognition: one fast, the other slow. Throughout the book, Kahneman shows how the two systems collaborate and describes many circumstances in which fast, intuitive thinking reliably fails.


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