Scientific American

The trouble with choice

In a perfect world, we would learn from success and failure alike. Both hold instructive lessons and provide needed reality checks that may safeguard our decisions from bad information or biased advice.

Alas, our brain doesn’t work this way. Unlike an impartial outcome-weighing machine an engineer might design, it learns more from some experiences than others. A new study, however, peels away these biases to find a role for choice at their core.

Read this story at Scientific American.