We, personally, don’t know anyone who is not buckling under the weight of Decision Fatigue and Cognitive Overload. Laura has the privilege of being in conversation with Dr. Luc Schneider this week. We learn that a good decision is not necessarily one that has a good outcome, but rather one that has been made through a good decision making process. Dr. Schneider explains what that entails and generously answers all of Laura’s questions as they relate to decision fatigue and how to balance being thorough with not obsessing or perseverating. We learn how overconfidence and underconfidence play into how we decide things and touch on the role of vulnerability and why it’s so important to not be isolated in our decision making. Given how ubiquitous this fatigue is, we are thrilled to be able to offer Dr. Schneider’s insights with the hope of lightening everyone’s load a bit.
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Dr. Luc Schneider holds a PhD in Psychological and Behavioural Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and is currently a Fellow in Decision Science in the Department of Management there. His research primarily focuses on various aspects of individual well-being, including the relationship between thoughts and well-being, work-life balance and the design of well-being enhancing interventions using mobile technologies. He also studies decision-making processes, with a specific focus on how to improve these processes to enable people to make better (personal and professional) decisions. He teaches courses and workshops in Strategic Decision-Making for students and practitioners. Beyond academia, Luc is the author of a memoir (The 4-day diary of an economics student, Erasmus School of Economics, 2018) and a poetry collection (And while that is, of course, a lie, erbacce-press, 2021). He is currently working on his first novel.