Gut Feeling Is Not The Answer; Logic Is

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Usually, when we choose, we usually jump into an option that we feel is appropriate, and we no longer analytically think about it. For the past decades, it has also been proposed by science that decision-making of people entails using the gut, instead of logic. However, University of Toulouse’s (in France) psychological scientist, Wim De Neys, suggested another perspective: “Maybe thinking about logic is also intuitive”. This can be found in the Association for Psychological Science’s journal Perspectives on Psychological Science (January issue).

De Neys stated that the truth is more complicated, than adhering to the lines of research saying that people do not utilize logic in decision-making. When people encounter a query, there seems to be a feeling of something is not somewhat right. De Neys elaborated that there is a variety of means to measure the conflict, when you have that feeling that something is odd regarding the problem or issue. For example, through a brain imaging technique, he was able to present that the area of the brain managing the conflict is active, among those who are thinking of this issue/question. De Neys further said that although they already sense that something is inappropriate, they still follow their gut feelings and do not act in accordance with what is logical.

De Neys believes that the intuitive logical sense is the reason behind the feeling of something is fishy about the choice you are making. Moreover, some scientists have discovered that children begin logical thinking in the very early years. In a study, the feeling of surprise was observed among the 8-month-old babies, after someone obtained greatly red balls inside a box full of white balls. This can be an evidence that the very young possess an inherent sense of probability, even before they can speak. De Neys further added that it can be reasonable that this logical sense of intuitiveness can be carried until adulthood.

De Neys explained that this study only discusses the fundamentals of thinking; however this may be able to assist in elaborating more about complex aspect of decision-making. He also said that it is imperative to identify which element of the decision-making process is wrong, if you aim to help people know how to create better choices. De Neys gave an example of his idea. If a person wants to know the reason behind people’s smoking habits and he assumes that maybe they are unable to comprehend the logic that ‘one can die from smoking’, he might place great effort in discussing to them that smoking is detrimental for them, not knowing that addiction is the main issue.

Indeed, this new investigation can aid in providing light in the understanding of how humans think and decide. This can motivate other researchers to further this field of studies.

 

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