Webinar presenter Dr. Jeff Fox, PhD answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for Effective Decision Making. Here are some of his responses.
Audience Question: Many agencies are now using technology to teach and evaluate decision-making. I’m specifically using virtual reality as a way to do this. Law enforcement has been using VR simulations for this for quite some time. What experience or thoughts do you have about using VR?
Dr. Jeff Fox PhD: I really like it. Virtual reality is a wonderful tool for training and education. One thing I recommend is that it is continuous, with the scenarios changing and decision making involved.
Audience Question: How is emotional intelligence related to critical thinking?
Dr. Jeff Fox PhD: I’m not sure that it isn’t just a different way of saying the same thing. That’s really just the short answer. I’ve read about emotional intelligence, I’ve had classes in it. I have books on it, I’ve even written about it in my books but I’m not sure there’s a big significant difference between the two. The two topics are related – if they aren’t brother and sister they’re at least first cousins.
Audience Question: Are there simple techniques that we can use to help improve our critical thinking?
Dr. Jeff Fox PhD: You must purposely think about what it is you’re thinking. You can look at the 24 steps. Write it down, evaluate yourself after you made a decision, critique yourself. For me it involved self-study. Reading, studying and thinking about it. It is a purposeful thing that I had to do all the time. My upbringing, my conditioning, the jobs and situations I was put in all required critical thinking.
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