Last Updated on March 11, 2021

Intuition is not a mystical thing.

Expert intuition strikes us as magical, but it is not. Indeed, each of us performs feats of intuitive expertise many times each day. Most of us are pitch-perfect in detecting anger in the first word of a telephone call, recognize as we enter a room that we were the subject of the conversation, and quickly react to subtle signs that the driver of the car in the next lane is dangerous.

The situation has provided a cue; this cue has given the expert access to information stored in memory, and the information provides the answer. Intuition is nothing more and nothing less than recognition.

Thinking Fast and Slow

True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.

Thinking Fast and Slow