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The Daily Decision-09-Prescriptive Decision Making

The Daily Decision-09-Prescriptive Decision Making

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Today is the ninth episode of The Daily Decision

In the last episode, we learned that descriptive descriptive making theories catalog actual decisions and tendencies towards either productive or nonproductive decisions.

Are we stuck with our bad decisions?

Prescriptive decision-making theories act like the bridge between normative (perfect) decisions and descriptive (actual) decisions.

If we have information about what could have been the best decision in a certain circumstance, we can use it for the next time we are in a similar situation.

Think of baseball players. Batters can make mistakes when reading a pitch. But with more information and examining and comparing the perfect decision that would lead to a hit versus the actual decision that led to a strike out, batters can improve their odds or improving their decisions … next time.

 As always, Happy Deciding.

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The Daily Decision-08-Descriptive Decision Making

The Daily Decision-08-Descriptive Decision Making

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Today is the eighth episode of The Daily Decision

In the last episode, we learned that normative descriptive making theories assume that a perfect person can make perfect decisions.

But reality is different.

Which is why we have Descriptive Decision-Making Theories

That capture actual decisions people make and the types of decisions, right or wrong, that people tend to make.

For example, why do people in their dating preferences often choose people who counter their best instincts even when they know the better decisions?

Why do people use harmful drugs (legal and illegal) even when  they know they are harmful?

If we can’t be perfect decision makers, can we at least improve our decision making?

As always, Happy Deciding.

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The Daily Decision-07-Normative Decision Making

The Daily Decision-07-Normative Decision Making

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Today is the seventh episode of The Daily Decision

In the last episode, we learned that theories help explain phenomenon and they can be tested.

We learned that decision making has three theories

  1. Normative
  2. Descriptive
  3. Prescriptive

Normative decision making assumes that a person is perfectly rational and a person who is able to measure with perfect accuracy any decision.

This assumes that a person has the time, money, energy, and mental faculties (think sleep) to make a perfect decision.

If you’re asking yourself why have such a theory if it’s impossible to make a perfect decision, it’s because by theorizing a perfect decision, we can begin to compare them to actual decisions.

As always, Happy Deciding.

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The Daily Decision-06-Decision Making Theories

The Daily Decision-06-Decision Making Theories

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Today is the sixth episode of The Daily Decision

A theory is like a story. It helps think through a complex set of events in a coherent manner.

A theory is an explanation for phenomena (the singular in phenomenon). And theories must be tested. For example,

her teaching method is based on the theory that all children want to learn

 Within decision making there are three theories or ways to think about decision making

  1. Normative
  2. Descriptive
  3. Prescriptive

Normative is like “normal” but in this case normative is the best decision possible given all the time, money, and energy in the world.

Descriptive like it sounds describes all decisions, good and bad.

Prescriptive, like getting a prescription, is the idea that you can improve your decision making with intervention.

As always, Happy Deciding.

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The Daily Decision-05-Decision Making Potpourri

The Daily Decision-05-Decision Making Potpourri

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Today is the fifth episode of The Daily Decision

Academically just like life decision making is a blend of many disciplines.

Decision making draws from the fields of economics, behavioral economics, psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, law, political science, medicine, public policy, consumer behavior, and business.

It is a virtual potpourri, BIB-im-BAP, stone soup,

In each field, researchers examine either psychological, behavioral, or social conditions under which decisions are made.

For example, if we have a deadline there is a psychological pressure to make a decision. When we walk into our favorite grocery store, we often follow the same path around the store to look for our items. When we work with others we may exhibit more or less cooperative behavior depending on the situation.

As always, Happy Deciding.

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The Daily Decision-04-Decision Making Styles

The Daily Decision-04-Decision Making Styles

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Today is the fourth episode of The Daily Decision

Like fashion, it is helpful to think of styles when it comes to learning and decision making.

How people learn and

How people make decisions

can differ

Learning styles include:

  1. Visual
  2. Auditory
  3. Reading
  4. Kinesthetic

Decision making styles include:

  1. Directive
  2. Analytical
  3. Conceptual
  4. Behavioral

Styles are tendencies. Just as you may never get caught outside without wearing heels or wing-tipped shoes, you do wear pajamas.

Just because you tend want structure in your life as a directive decision making, you may be very attuned to making sure that people get along in group situations, appreciate analyzing data, and being creative in your problem solving.

As always, Happy Deciding.

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The People Behind the PhDs 14: Katie Angus, Thanksgiving Break. Language acquisition works 3-3

The People Behind the PhDs 14: Katie Angus, Thanksgiving Break. Language acquisition works 3-3

Dr. Katie Angus is an Assistant Professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Mississippi is less than a 2-hour drive from New Orleans, Louisiana 

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About Dr. Katie Angus

Dr. Katie Angus is a passionate educator with more than 13 years of experience teaching diverse populations of students in the USA, abroad, and online. Since earning her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona, she has been working as an Assistant Professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Southern Mississippi. In her courses, Dr. Angus scaffolds memorable and creative learning experiences, incorporates a wide variety of authentic materials, and strives to create a supportive atmosphere for her students.

To learn more about Dr. Katie Angus, check out the links below

https://www.usm.edu/foreign-languages-literatures/faculty/katie-angus

https://sites.google.com/site/katieangus/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katieangus

About Dr. Z Podcasts

The mission of Dr. Z Podcasts is to find, record, and share stories about humans engaged in one of the 6As* of life.

*6As = athletics, adventure, academics, art, advocacy, human algorithm. The 6As is the name of the book I am writing and the foundation for Dr. Z Podcasts.

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The People Behind the PhDs 14: Katie Angus, Thanksgiving Break. Language acquisition works 2-3

The People Behind the PhDs 14: Katie Angus, Thanksgiving Break. Language acquisition works 2-3

Dr. Katie Angus is an Assistant Professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Mississippi is less than a 2-hour drive from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Listen to the episode in 3 parts

Part 1 m4a mp3Part 2 m4a mp3Part 3 m4a mp3

Music by Kate SC

About Dr. Katie Angus

Dr. Katie Angus is a passionate educator with more than 13 years of experience teaching diverse populations of students in the USA, abroad, and online. Since earning her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona, she has been working as an Assistant Professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Southern Mississippi. In her courses, Dr. Angus scaffolds memorable and creative learning experiences, incorporates a wide variety of authentic materials, and strives to create a supportive atmosphere for her students.

To learn more about Dr. Katie Angus, check out the links below

https://www.usm.edu/foreign-languages-literatures/faculty/katie-angus

https://sites.google.com/site/katieangus/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katieangus

About Dr. Z Podcasts

The mission of Dr. Z Podcasts is to find, record, and share stories about humans engaged in one of the 6As* of life.

*6As = athletics, adventure, academics, art, advocacy, human algorithm. The 6As is the name of the book I am writing and the foundation for Dr. Z Podcasts.

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About Dr. Z

Thanks for visiting my site. My name is Zachary Brooks, the “Z” behind “Dr. Z.” Enjoy the content and please send me questions and comments. *I earned a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition with concentrations in cognitive science and management from the University of Arizona.

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The People Behind the PhDs 14: Katie Angus, Thanksgiving Break. Language acquisition works 1-3

The People Behind the PhDs 14: Katie Angus, Thanksgiving Break. Language acquisition works 1-3

Dr. Katie Angus is an Assistant Professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Mississippi is less than a 2-hour drive from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Listen to the episode in 3 parts

Part 1 m4a mp3Part 2 m4a mp3Part 3 m4a mp3

Music by Kate SC

About Dr. Katie Angus

Dr. Katie Angus is a passionate educator with more than 13 years of experience teaching diverse populations of students in the USA, abroad, and online. Since earning her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona, she has been working as an Assistant Professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Southern Mississippi. In her courses, Dr. Angus scaffolds memorable and creative learning experiences, incorporates a wide variety of authentic materials, and strives to create a supportive atmosphere for her students.

To learn more about Dr. Katie Angus, check out the links below

https://www.usm.edu/foreign-languages-literatures/faculty/katie-angus

https://sites.google.com/site/katieangus/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katieangus

About Dr. Z Podcasts

The mission of Dr. Z Podcasts is to find, record, and share stories about humans engaged in one of the 6As* of life.

*6As = athletics, adventure, academics, art, advocacy, human algorithm. The 6As is the name of the book I am writing and the foundation for Dr. Z Podcasts.

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About Dr. Z

Thanks for visiting my site. My name is Zachary Brooks, the “Z” behind “Dr. Z.” Enjoy the content and please send me questions and comments. *I earned a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition with concentrations in cognitive science and management from the University of Arizona.

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Organ Oracles 09: Steve Donaldson, Transplant Athlete (Scotland) 3-3

Organ Oracles, Steve Donaldson, Transplant Athlete, Episode 09

As a junior cyclist, Steve beat Robert Millar* who later finished fourth in the Tour de France. But Steve’s dreams were cut short when he developed a heart muscle condition that forced him to give up cycling when he was 20. 30 years and one heart transplant later, Steve returned for the hardest ride of his life; a 15-second spin on a stationary bicycle at the hospital.  Becoming a champion was never easier.

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Organ Oracles

Each Organ Oracles podcast consists of inspirational stories of people who have had life-saving organ transplants and their achievements after their life-altering moments.

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About Dr. Z Podcasts

The mission of Dr. Z Podcasts is to find, record, and share stories about humans engaged in one of the 6As* of life.

*6As = athletics, adventure, academics, art, advocacy, human algorithm. The 6As is the name of the book I am writing and the foundation for Dr. Z Podcasts.

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About Dr. Z

Thanks for visiting my site. My name is Zachary Brooks, the “Z” behind “Dr. Z.” Enjoy the content and please send me questions and comments. *I earned a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition with concentrations in cognitive science and management from the University of Arizona.

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Bilingual Decision Making

  • In the Bilingual Decision Making podcasts, Dr. Z returns to his dissertation topic to explore and share research on how one’s language and culture affect decision making.

People Behind the PhDs

  • Science is driven by people which is why in People Behind the PhDs, Dr. Z interviews the people who have PhDs, their journey to earning PhDs, and their scientific and social research.

Win or Learn

  • Not accomplishing goals is a big part of life which creates opportunities for learning. In Win or Learn, we interview the people given an opportunity to learn after not achieving a goal.

About-ish.

  • Since I’m doing a podcast, I might as well make an “about” section with a Podcast.I call it “About-ish” which is about me, more or less.

Human Algorithm

  • Humans have it within them to change their own lives and lives of millions of others. Doubt it? Think of every advance in human history and you will realize the power of human algorithms.

Daily Decision

  • In The Daily Decision, Dr. Z delivers you a one-minute podcast on one decision making topic because you want to make better decisions.

Leaders on the Line

  • In Leaders on the Line, we explore technical problems and adaptive challenges various leaders face in business and politics. Every show has a theme such as “success,” “team,” or “strategy” in which Dr. Z and a guest do a deep dive into case studies to uncover gold.
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