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Decisions in the Wild

The concepts of bounded rationality, ecological rationality, and social rationality explain how human and animal behavior results from an interaction between environment and cognitive processes.

Research of the Center of Adaptive Behavior and Cognition extended beyond the lab into the wild. Specifically, the scientists focused on medicine, law, business and politics, areas in which decisions can have far-reaching consequences and are hence fraught with risk. Risks are statistical information that describe the probability of a particular event. Unfortunately, most people, including experts, have difficulties understanding statistical information.

In order to improve the risk literacy skills of professionals such as doctors, judges, and journalists as well as patients, school children, and the public at large, scientists of the Center regularly conducted lectures and seminars on risk communication and decision making under uncertainty.

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