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Comparative Decision Making

Thomas R. Zentall and Philip H. Crowley


Decision making cuts across most areas of intellectual enquiry and academic endeavor. The classical view of individual human thinkers choosing among options remains important and instructive, but the contributors to this volume broaden this perspective to characterize the decision making behavior of groups, non-human organisms and even non-living objects and mathematical constructs. A diverse array of methods is brought to bear—mathematical, computational, subjective, neurobiological, evolutionary, and cultural. We can often identify best or optimal decisions and decision making processes, but ... More

Keywords: decision making processes, individuals, groups, non-human organisms, mathematical constructs, neurobiology, computation, social context, decision support, optimal decisions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199856800
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas R. Zentall, editor
University of Kentucky

Philip H. Crowley, editor
University of Kentucky

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Philip H. Crowley, and Thomas R. Zentall

Commentary 7.2 On the Benefits of Studying Mechanisms Underlying Behavior

Andrew Sih, Andrew Bibian, Nick DiRienzo, XiuXiang Meng, Pierre-Oliver Montiglio, and Kevin Ringelman

Chapter 8 Behavioral Approaches to Decision Making

Edmund Fantino, and Stephanie Stolarz-Fantino

Commentary 10.4 The Evolution of Argument

David S. Chester, Richard S. Pond Jr., and C. Nathan DeWall

Chapter 11 Poor Decisions About Security

Bruce Schneier, and Deric Miller

Commentary 11.1 Poor Decisions About Security

Helen Pushkarskaya, and Ifat Levy

Chapter 13 Forensic Judgment and Decision Making

Peter A. F. Fraser-Mackenzie, Rebecca E. Bucht, and Itiel E. Dror

Commentary 14.3 Bottlenecks and Regret

Vincent Conitzer, and Lirong Xia

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