The Nature and Function of Intuitive Thought and Decision Making

  • Lauri Järvilehto

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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About this book


This book focuses on the very nature and function of intuitive thought. It presents an up-to-date scientific model on how the non-conscious and intuitive thought processes work in human beings. The model is based on mainstream theorizing on intuition, as well as qualitative meta-analysis of the empirical data available in the research literature. It combines recent work in the fields of philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology and positive psychology. While systematic research in intuition is relatively new, there is an abundance of positions advocating more or less imaginative ideas of what intuition is about, ranging from quantum mechanical phenomena to new age ideologies. Research in the past few decades, in particular by proponents of the dual processing theory of thought such as Daniel Kahneman and Jonathan Evans, offers powerful tools to address and evaluate the question of intuition without the need to resort to spiritual entities. Within the framework of the dual processing theory, backed up by findings in positive psychology, intuition turns out to be the capacity to carry out complex cognitive operations within a specific domain of operations familiar to the agent.


Dual Processing Theory og thought Intuition and Flourishing Intuition and Flow Intuition and Habits Intuition and Motivation Intuition and Positive Psychology Intuition and Systems Intelligence Intuition and the History of Thought Non-Conscious Thinking Philosophy of the Mind Relevance of Intuition Structure of Intuitive Thought The Nature of Intuitive Thought Understanding Working with Intuition

Authors and affiliations

  • Lauri Järvilehto
    • 1
  1. 1.Aalto UniversityEspooFinland

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