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Mental Health

Decisions, Decisions

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When you make a decision, do you carefully deliberate? Or do you go with your gut?

It seems as though those are our choices...but as scientists dig deeper into the human mind, they’re discovering that this is not actually how the brain works.

Our best decisions - they find - are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason and the precise mix depends on the situation.

Today, where we live - decisions, decisions.  Scientist Jonah Lehrer joins us to discuss “How We Decide” – prior to his appearance at the upcoming Connecticut Forum.

And we’ll talk to an author who says that while the idea of freedom of choice is at the core of American thought, that choice might be an illusion.

Head or heart, brain or gut - how do you choose? And  how do you live in a world with what seems like limitless choice?