How to make smart decisions more easily | Alexandra Panzer Image

How to make smart decisions more easily | Alexandra Panzer

14 May - 7 mins
Podcast Series TED Health

Everything our bodies do— whether physical or mental— uses energy. Studies have found that many individuals seem to have a daily threshold for making decisions, and an extended period of decision-making can lead to cognitive exhaustion. So, what kinds of choices lead us to this state, and what can we do to fight fatigue? Explore the psychology of decision fatigue and ways you can avoid fatigue. Directed by Jolene Tan, narrated by Alexandra Panzer and music by Jeremie Lim.

7 mins

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9 mins

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