- “When we make a decision, we’re really choosing between several concrete plans of action and not abstract ideas. Your brain is planning the necessary actions to execute all potential decisions. In fact, you’re still deciding when you move, and we can see that because of how you move.”
- “How we move gives us a lot of clues into how people make decisions. For example, decisive choices tend to be a straight movement in one direction. But if we aren’t sure, the physical route we take might curve or hesitate. We can use that as an index of the preferences revealed in a movement as it is evolving.”
- “Using this process, we can begin to identify which equations the brain uses to make these types of decisions. If we can identify these equations, we can develop targeted therapies and interventions for people who have disordered decision-making.” “If we understand exactly what is going wrong, we will be better able to intervene. Compulsive gambling behaviour is an example of a disordered decision-making process that is impulsive, perseverative and ineffective.
My reaching for ice cream to go with the cake is a “disordered decision-making process” . . . I knew . . .