So You Think You're Rational? Not the Psychology You Thought You Knew
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Most people think that their decisions, choices, opinions and conclusions are rational. However, the field of behavioral economics and other research show that our cognitive processes and behaviors are influenced by social, physiological and emotional factors that are much more influential and pervasive than we realize. Consequently, our thoughts and behaviors may be much less logical than we believe they are, or want them to be. Basing our behavior on fallacious notions can lead to erroneous conclusions and decisions as well as to ineffective strategies that guide our actions. Even our moods are heavily influenced by illogical thoughts and assumptions. Being unaware of the myriad phenomena that affect our thinking decreases the quality of our personal and professional lives. This series reveals the multitude of factors that affect our thinking, decisions, behaviors and moods.
1. Simplifying Decision Making
2. Self-Control and Willpower
3. The Cognitive-Emotional Connection
4. Fallacies of Our Minds
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Myles Cooley is a Board Certified, Licensed Psychologist who has practiced in northern Palm Beach County for over 35 years. His current practice specializes in Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Cooley's Ph.D. was conferred by the State University of New York at Albany. His bachelors and aasters Degrees are from Bucknell University. He has published several papers and a book entitled, Teaching Kids with Mental Health and Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom. He has trained mental health counselors, school psychologists, pediatricians, teachers and parents in effective strategies to deal with children and adolescents with mental health disorders. He has been the recipient of multiple awards from the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County. Dr. Cooley became interested in behavioral economics several years ago and has lectured on related topics at FAU's Lifelong Learning Center in Jupiter for the Fall 2012 semester.
||1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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