decision making process vocab

Decision Making Process

the process of making choices by idenifying a decision gathering information


a principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided


the result of an action


to delay, put off until later


designate or treat (something) as more important than other things.

opportunity cost

the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when another is chosen


A sudden, involuntary urge to do something


to take a path away; to leave; to get free


the tendency to agree to do things requested by others


a circumstance that complicates something

play it safe

strategy in which a person chooses the alternative with the lowest level of risk


the state of not flowing or moving


things that are important to you


the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.

Identify the Decision

gathering information, and assessing alternative resolutions

Brainstorm Options

Make a list of all the possible options you would consider.

Weigh the outcomes

3rd step in decision making

Make and Act on the Decision

To make a decision is to make up your mind about something. To act with decision is to proceed with determination, which might be a natural character trait.


A transformation that "flips" a figure over a mirror or reflection line.

Thoughtful Decision

A decision that will impact your future in a great way.

Healthy Decision

Decisions that will affect your health.

Everyday Decision

won't greatly impact your future

pros and cons

advantages and disadvantages




good or useful


bad or harmful


moral beliefs


choice made from among available alternatives

emotional behavior

Driven by anger, aggression, fear, pleasure, and/or contentment.

risky behavior

Any behavior that detrimentally effects health or increases the likelihood of disease, although they typically increase an individual's sense of well-being at the moment

impulsive behavior

Acting on impulse and not thinking things out.

prefrontal cortex

part of frontal lobe responsible for thinking, planning, and language

limbic system

neural system located below the cerebral hemispheres; associated with emotions and drives


the act of selecting among alternatives

delayed gratification(self-discipline)

the subject undergoes when the subject resists the temptation of an immediate reward in preference for a later reward

Instant Gratification

an unwillingness to give up something now in return for something later


the ideas, beliefs, and attitudes about what is important that help guide the way you live

Healthy Decision

affects your health

Everyday Decision

won't greatly impact your future

Impulse Decision

Decision that is made based on feelings or reactions to a situation


showing consideration and anticipation of needs