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Why Some Surgeons Make Irrational Decisions: The Empirical Case for Acquiescing to Intuition

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Source Name: Psychological Science


Daniel K Walco, Jane L Risen

The authors demonstrate that, even when we rationally understand which of two choices is more likely to pay off, up to half of us will rely on gut feelings instead.  


I have access only to the abstract, yet I would submit that 'irrational' is difficult to define in surgical decisions. The surgical judgement is multifactorial, and explicit logic is only one part of it: a tracker in the bush can seldom explain the course (s) he suggests, yet (s) he is often correct INTUITIVELY.

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