Interview Compilations

How to make decisions in an uncertain world
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Take the best heuristic As part of their research on human decision making, Dr. Gigerenzer and his group try to find simple heuristics that can be shown to work well under realistic assumptions. The 'take-the-best' heuristic is an important example of how a... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:05:21
The history of decision making The history of decision making goes back to the 1600s – to Descartes and Pointcarre who created a first ‘calculus’ of decision making. The modern view of decision making that takes into consideration of human information processing and the use of... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:04:26
The mind as an adaptive toolbox Dr. Gigerenzer describes his view of the mind as a collection of cognitive abilities that reflect both the result of evolution as well as the personal experiences of an individual within their specific environment. Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:04:10
The role of intuitions Intuitions play an important role in many real-world decision making situations, yet they are often discarded as flawed when compared to algorithmic solutions. Societal pressures on decision makers to produce rational and factual evidence for the... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:09:10
What is rationality? There are different ways to define rationality. While most people associate rationality with probability theory and internal consistency of behavior, Dr. Gigerenzer emphasizes a different view of ecological rationality. In this view, rational... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:05:33
When are heuristics superior Against popular belief, there are instances where simple heuristics are not only faster and easier to apply, but they can reliably outperform more complex and exhaustive algorithms. The reason for this is uncertainty of natural environments and the... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:06:46