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p. 434. How do we use what is in the mind? Thinking, reasoning, and communicatinglocked

  • Gillian Butler
  •  and McManus Freda


‘How do we use what is in the mind? Thinking, reasoning, and communicating’ introduces Daniel Kahneman's two systems of thinking, distinguished by their use of energy and different benefits. In order to function well and adapt as we go, we need to achieve a balance between knowing when to snap into action and when to stop and think. Psychologists studying problem-solving have been particularly interested in the way it is influenced by past experience — by information stored in memory. Inevitably, the two systems of thinking influence the ways in which we communicate. Humans have feelings as well as thoughts, which may help us to understand why we do the things that we do.

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