Decisions: We’re maxed out say Montreal researchers

The Montreal Gazette:

One has to wonder whether Liberal MP Justin Trudeau might have been suffering from a bout of decision fatigue when he launched an s-bomb on Environment Minister Peter Kent during Question Period in mid-December. Parliament was in its final days of a five-week session and Trudeau had recently been under attack for his views on abortion and the long-gun registry.

The mental work of parliamentarians can wear them down, leading to slip-ups in self-control. It’s a form of mental distress recently labeled by psychologists as decision fatigue. It can leave doctors prone to making medical errors late in their shifts and cause homeowners to throw up their hands in exasperation over exactly what colour of white they should paint their living room walls.

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