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In psychology, decision-making (also spelled decision making and decisionmaking) is regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several possible alternative options. It could be either rational or irrational. The decision-making process is a reasoning process based on assumptions of values, preferences and beliefs of the decision-maker.[1] Every decision-making process produces a final choice, which may or may not prompt action.

Sample flowchart representing a decision process when confronted with a lamp that fails to light.

Research about decision-making is also published under the label problem solving, particularly in European psychological research.[2]

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