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Cognitive and Decision Sciences Lab

The Cognitive and Decision Sciences Lab works within the simple heuristics framework. Simple heuristics are cognitive processes that use limited information to make effective decisions in an uncertain world.  Much of this work is informed by the ACT-R theory of cognition that supports the development of computer simulations that make quantitative predictions about human behavior and the neural correlates of that behavior.  The group uses computer simulations and behavioral experiments to help explain how people make decisions and how they could make better ones.



Fechner, H. B., Pachur, T., Schooler, L. J., Mehlhorn, K., Battal, C., Volz, K. G., & Borst, J. P. (2016). Strategies for memory-based decision making: Modeling behavioral and neural signatures within a cognitive architecture. Cognition, 157, 77-99. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2016.08.011
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Stevens, J. R., Marewski, J. N., Schooler, L. J., & Gilby, I. C. (2016). Reflections of the social environment in chimpanzee memory: Applying rational analysis beyond humans. Royal Society Open Science, 3(8):16029314. doi:10.1098/rsos.160293
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Luan, S., Schooler, L. J., & Gigerenzer, G. (2014). From perception to preference and on to inference: An approach-avoidance analysis of thresholds. Psychological Review, 121, 501-525. doi:10.1037/a0037025
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