• Search and choice processes in transformative life decisions, especially:
    • emigrating or fleeing a country
    • career decisions
    • trauma resolution (e.g., whether to disclose a sexual assault)
    • decisions involving deliberate ignorance (e.g., whether to undergo genetic testing)
    • ideologically motivated decisions (e.g., whether to demonstrate against a totalitarian regime, whether to join a terror organization)
  • Decision making under conditions of radical uncertainty and lack of experience-based knowledge (of, e.g., extreme weather events)
  • Social-learning strategies
  • Adaptive and maladaptive beliefs
  • Explanation in the cognitive sciences
  • Natural language processing (NLP)


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