Monday, July 28, 2008

Hold on a second while I flex my executive function muscles.

I don't know if it filtered down through your news reader last week, but some people are talking about a Scientific American article that seems to be making a case for eschewing decision making altogether.

That might be a bit of an oversimplification on my part; everyone knows that I'm not very good at science. According to my read on the article, though, every decision one makes--whether it's deciding between two flavors of ice cream or determining whether or not to sign the papers on that monster truck--uses up that person's decision-making capabilities for a period of time. The brain gets all tuckered out and has to have a bit of a rest before it can be counted on to make good choices again. Unfortunately, the article doesn't really get into specifics as to how long your picker-outer will be out of order.

Since most of my decisions are of the eeny-meeny-miny-moe variety, I'm guessing that this phenomenon doesn't really apply to me. In fact, it is entirely possible that I am the only one working in my building who still has full possession of her entire range of decision-making capabilities.

Obviously, it's time to have that chat with my boss about my salary.


image, Bobtail Ice Cream.

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