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Updated: 10:31 a.m. MT May 24, 2007

Why some people are walking disaster areas:
Smart people don’t automatically make smart choices, research reveals

People who are walking disaster areas — the types who bounce checks monthly, miss flights and vomit on the boss at the company picnic — are the same people who have poor reasoning skills, new research shows.

Reasoning abilities are influenced by intelligence and socioeconomic status, but they may also be skills that can be learned and honed with practice, says a "decision scientist" at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Many people are affected by the way that information is framed, marketed or spun, as in advertisements, thereby exhibiting poor decision-making skills, says Wändi Bruine de Bruin. But people with strong reasoning skills make the same choices no matter how information is presented to them.

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Jun. 16th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Good article. Makes perfect sense to me. I've known some pretty smart people who don't have much reasoning ability (working at a University has introduced me to several). Do you think reasoning capability is the same as common sense? I think they must be related, at least.
Jun. 16th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it made sense to me too. I think common sense is a combination of reasoning with the ability to observe the obvious. Lots of people miss things that are wholly in their face.....and pay the price of "bad luck". I have a couple of people in mind......I think we all know somebody who just attracts trouble. Some people appear to need the drama, and create it continuously. I can't stand to be too close to those people.
Jun. 16th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
So freaking weird! I recognized the research here because my friend works with the people at CMU and is going there in the fall... I called him and read the article to him and he immediately named Wändi as the researcher. We had just been talking about it yesterday! OoOOOOEoOEOeoeoOoo! It begins, the familiarity with the psych research circles.

Hey, btw I am back in AZ! We should hang out sometime, I am busy this weekend but what about during the week? I would love to see you!
Jun. 16th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
You're back already! Wow time flies. Yeah, I can get together during the day or evening on Weds, or in the evening Tues or Thurs. Going to a party next Saturday afternoon---outdoors at Thorpe park, we could connect then, too. Let me know what works for you!

I'm not surprised that you're starting to know people in psych. Have you picked an area (or 10) that you personally would like to study? I am particularly interested in the happiness studies....Chicago and other places....
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