Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

Daniel Kahneman's brilliant book has several links to education. The importance of being aware of the limitations of your data and the tendency we all have to use our lazy System 1.

A major impact on our school is the understanding of priming, whereby it is possible to influence the behaviour of others through images, words, lighting, sounds even when people know you are trying to influence them. Therefore you can use you visual and physical environment to prime your staff, students and parents towards the learning culture that you wish to have in your school.