Here are my slides from the Attention, Willpower and Decision-Making presentation I first did at DevLearn 2015.


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References for the presentation include:

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  • Danziger, Shai, Jonathan Levav and Lior Avnaim-Pesso, Extraneous Factors in Judicial Decisions, PNAS Vol 108 No 17, 2011
  • Dimassio, Antonio. Descartes’ Error. Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 27, 2005)
  • Dutton, Donald G and Arthur P Aron, Some Evidence for Heightened Sexual Attraction Under Conditions of High Anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Vol 30 No 4 1974
  • Gaillot, Matthew T. & Roy F. Baumeister, The Physiology of Willpower: Linking Glucose to Self-Control. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 2007.
  • Iyengar, Sheena and Mark Lepper, When Choice is Demotivating: Can One Desire Too Much of a Good Thing? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2000.
  • Johnson, Eric J & Daniel Goldstein, Do Defaults Save Lives? Science November 2003.
  • Kahneman, Daniel; Tversky, Amos (1979). “Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision under Risk” (PDF). Econometrica 47 (2): 263. doi:10.2307/1914185. ISSN 0012-9682.
  • Killeen, Peter R. Absent Without Leave: A Neuroenergetic Theory of Mind.
  • McCabe DP1, Castel AD. Seeing is believing: the effect of brain images on judgments of scientific reasoning. Cognition. 2008 Apr;107(1):343-52. Epub 2007 Sep 4.
  • Okita, S.Y., J. Bailenson, and D.L. Schwartz. 2008. Mere Belief of Social Action Improves Complex Learning. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference for the Learning Sciences.
  • Shiv, B. and A. Fedorikhin. 1999. Heart and Mind in Conflict: Interplay of Affect and Cognition in Consumer Decision Making. Journal of Consumer Research 26 (December): 278–282.
  • Sweller, John. Cognitive Load During Problem Solving: Effects on Learning. Cognitive Science 12, 257-285. 1988
  • Vogt, S. & Magnussen, S. (2007). Expertise in pictorial perception: Eye-movement patterns and visual memory in artists and laymen. Perception, 36, 91-100.