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Decision making: crucial factors, processes and approaches


Decision making involves making choices—either at the individual or group level—from possible alternative options.[1] Various theories exist about how decision making can be improved; mentors and mentees can test these theories in real-life to see if any of them improve approaches to career pathways, choices in the lab or in conducting other research, and other choice-making scenarios.


Useful Decision making resources:

Frick, W. (2018). 3 ways to improve your decision making.

Three overarching “rules” for making better decisions, with links to additional reading and resources.

Tindale, R., & Winget, J. (2019). Group Decision-Making. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology.

An overview of the literature on group decision making (which the authors contend is often included in individual decision making via advice and suggestions from others), concluding that “…if training and design procedures can increase diversity of perspectives, help identify expertise, allow for open and thorough exchanges of information and ideas, identify or reduce shared biases, and increase motivation for accuracy, then they will help groups to take full advantage of their wisdom.” 

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3.2.3. Decision making: crucial factors, processes and approaches


Author: Stephanie Krueger

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Last Updated: October 28, 2021


Editor: Stephanie Krueger Last modified: 24.5. 2024 08:05