Massachusetts Institute for Technology

MIT: MIT 9.00SC – Lecture 13

Lecture 13: Thinking

How do we make decisions about the situations we experience every day? In this session, we’ll use brain teasers and word problems to highlight some of the mechanisms that drive human thinking — e.g. functional fixedness, heuristics, and framing. The lecture also touches briefly on the role of the brain’s frontal lobes in problem solving and emotions.


  1. Thinking Traps: Functional Fixedness, Problem Solving, and Creativity
  2. Judgement and Decision Making: Heuristics
  3. Influencing Decisions: Anchoring, Adjustment, and Framing
  4. Frontal Lobes and Thinking

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