I research how our thinking works on the front lines of high-stakes decision making, and propose innovative changes to our approaches for solving messy, real world problems with the help of cognitive science.  I’ve had the rare opportunity to perform cognitive experiments with live audiences of experts around the country that are designed to uncover hidden influences in their thinking – not how we assume they think, or how they are supposed to think, but how they actually think. The results are surprising and give us insights into ways we can spur breakthroughs in critical thinking and problem solving for decision makers in complex professions.

…so very remarkable


…mind boggling, and not just to the casual observer

UT Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management

…his discussion is not only important to auditing and governance but every industry.


At live events techniques such as priming, implicit association, selective attention, and hypothesis testing are used with methods that range from simple polling to more complex experimental approaches.  Live brain imaging (EEG) demonstrations are featured at some events that allow us to visualize the brain activity connected to the learning.  The methods lead us through progressively deeper levels of awareness of hidden influences affecting our thinking.

There are times when we discover a new perspective that profoundly alters our understanding.  The facts may not have changed, but take on an entirely different meaning and offer a level of mental clarity we didn’t know existed.  MetaThinking is about those times, with articles that will challenge you to be a better thinker and provoke you to ask better questions.