Ecological Rationality

Ecological Rationality : Intelligence in the World

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"More information is always better, and full information is best. More computation is always better, and optimization is best." More-is-better ideals such as these have long shaped our vision of rationality. Yet humans and other animals typically rely on simple heuristics to solve adaptive problems, focusing on one or a few important cues and ignoring the rest, and shortcutting computation rather than striving for as much as possible. In this book, we argue that in an uncertain world, more information and computation are not always better, and we ask when, and why, less can be more. The answers to these questions constitute the idea of ecological rationality: how we are able to achieve intelligence in the world by using simple heuristics matched to the environments we face, exploiting the structures inherent in our physical, biological, social, and cultural more

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  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 952.54g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 halftones, 70 line illus.
  • 0195315448
  • 9780195315448
  • 1,445,797

About Peter M. Todd

Peter M. Todd is Professor of Cognitive Science, Informatics, and Psychology at Indiana University. Gerd Gigerenzer is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Center for Adaptive Behavior and more

Table of contents

Part I. The Research Agenda ; 1. What Is Ecological Rationality? ; Peter M. Todd and Gerd Gigerenzer ; Part II. Uncertainty in the World ; 2. How Heuristics Handle Uncertainty ; Henry Brighton and Gerd Gigerenzer ; 3. When Simple Is Hard to Accept ; Robin M. Hogarth ; 4. Rethinking Cognitive Biases as Environmental Consequences ; Gerd Gigerenzer, Klaus Fiedler, and Henrik Olsson ; Part III. Correlations Between Recognition and the World ; 5. When is the Recognition Heuristic an Adaptive Tool? ; Thorsten Pachur, Peter M. Todd, Gerd Gigerenzer, Lael J. Schooler, and Daniel G. Goldstein ; 6. How Smart Forgetting Helps Heuristic Inference ; Lael J. Schooler, Ralph Hertwig, and Stefan M. Herzog ; 7. How Groups Use Partial Ignorance to Make Good Decisions ; Konstantinos V. Katsikopoulos and Torsten Reimer ; Part IV. Redundancy and Variability in the World ; 8. Redundancy: Environment Structure That Simple Heuristics Can Exploit ; Jorg Rieskamp and Anja Dieckmann ; 9. The Quest for Take-The-Best: Insights and Outlooks from Experimental Research Arndt Broder ; 10. Efficient Cognition Through Limited Search ; Gerd Gigerenzer, Anja Dieckmann, and Wolfgang Gaissmaier ; 11. Simple Rules for Ordering Cues in One-Reason Decision Making ; Anja Dieckmann and Peter M. Todd ; Part V. Rarity and Skewness in the World ; 12. Why Rare Things Are Precious: How Rarity Benefits Inference ; Craig R. M. McKenzie and Valerie M. Chase ; 13. Ecological Rationality for Teams and Committees: Heuristics in Group Decision Making ; Torsten Reimer and Ulrich Hoffrage ; 14. Naive, Fast, and, Frugal Trees for Classification ; Laura F. Martignon, Konstantinos V. Katsikopoulos, and Jan K. Woike ; 15. How Estimation Can Benefit From an Imbalanced World ; Ralph Hertwig, Ulrich Hoffrage, and Rudiger Sparr ; Part VI. Designing the World ; 16. Designed to Fit Minds: Institutions and Ecological Rationality ; Will M. Bennis, Konstantinos V. Katsikopoulos, Daniel G. Goldstein, Anja Dieckmann, and Nathan Berg ; 17. Designing Risk Communication in Health ; Stephanie Kurzenhauser and Ulrich Hoffrage ; 18. Car Parking as a Game Between Simple Heuristics ; John M. C. Hutchinson, Carola Fanselow, and Peter M. Todd ; Part VII. Afterword ; 19. Ecological Rationality: The Normative Study of Heuristics ; Gerd Gigerenzer and Peter M. Toddshow more

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