Pfizer global submission manager Jeffrey Autrey holds a master’s in pharmacy quality assurance and regulatory affairs as well as a professional certificate in drug development from Temple University. Outside his work, Jeffrey Autrey has a profound interest in philosophy as well as subjects such as cognitive psychology.
One of the most popular books in the latter genre is Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman. The book describes the brain’s two main systems and how they can clash during important processes such as decision-making. The older, automated system evolved to help humans avoid immediate dangers and makes decisions based on emotions and previous experiences.
The other more conscious system is suited for the complex decision-making required in modern-day life. Kahneman explains how reliance on the outdated system in modern areas such as investing and analyzing data can lead to erroneous conclusions. He also offers several definitions and examples of common cognitive distortions, such as the halo effect, which is the tendency to have a high regard for a person due to a single positive trait.