What lies behind decision-making and improved educational and managerial performance? This book tries to answer by putting forth meaningful strategies in the context of planning and executive functions. This is based on five broad themes: Decisions are based on both emotions and rationality in varying proportions. Emotions and rationality are functions of the brain. Origin of planning and executive functions engaged in problem-solving, and how these functions are measured from three worlds, viz., world of physical objects, world of conscious and unconscious states and psychological control, and world of cultural products, such as language, theories in science, and objects of art. Improvement in planning and executive functions helps in better performance in both educational achievements and managerial decision-making. Methods to boost decision-making and planning.

This book will interest Educational Planners and Managers in business administration as well as the undergraduate and postgraduate students of Psychology, Management and Education.

The Influence of Emotions and Will

The influence of emotions and will

Decision making no longer assumes importance as a rational information processor, be it in business management or in entrepreneurship. The received view is that emotions and conation interact with cognition. Emotional learning and emotional motivation (Damasio, 1994; LeDoux, 1996) increase the salience of emotions in decision making. But what exactly are emotion and will? This chapter provides a brief introduction to emotions following Herbert Simon's suggestion of the role of synthetic, intuitive thinking. Next, we consider conscious will—Is it a force, or a feeling, or is it an illusion? Moving on, we briefly examine the complex concept of consciousness, and its role in decision making from the Euro-American and the East Indian perspectives. Is ...

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