Interviews

Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Decision making in small and large worlds One of the main distinctions in research on decision making concerns the availability of information to a decision maker. In so-called ‘small worlds’, all alternatives, consequences, and probabilities are known. In so-called ‘large worlds’,... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:02:42
Declarative memory in humans and animals Declarative memory is usually thought of as the consciously available memory that allows a flexible use of knowledge. Both memories of ones past as well as memorized facts are part of this system in humans. Similar brain mechanisms support... Larry R. Squire goCognitive 00:02:28
Evaluating Heuristics How do you evaluate heuristics? Dr. Gigerenzer emphasizes the two different existing approaches that describe the state of the field. In the descriptive approach, researchers try to find out whether people actually use a particular heuristic. In the... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:06:15
fMRI In this segment of the interview with Dr. Geoff Boynton from the University of Washington, Dr. Boynton describes the fMRI method and what we know about the underlying neural processes that give rise to the BOLD signal. Geoff Boynton goCognitive 00:20:22
Gender differences in language processing Gender differences in language processing are often exaggerated in popular magazines. Dr. Friederici’s lab has not found many gender specific effects in language processing. The only stable difference they found is related to the timing of... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:03:42
Haptic perception- part II In the second part of her interview with GoCognitive Dr. Roberta Klatzky introduces the idea of exploratory procedures. This set of motions and actions are highly reliably conserved between people and many animals. They allow us, with a few specific... Roberta Klatzky goCognitive 00:08:48
Heuristics Heuristics are simple strategies that allow a decision maker to reach a decision quickly and with little effort. While most people view heuristics as 'second class citizens' compared to optimized algorithmic solutions. In this... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:05:26
How are long-term and working memory related? The relationship between long-term memory and working memory has been an issue of debate for a long time. Baddeley stresses that while there is a close relationship between the two, there are distinct differences. Long-term memory can work... Alan Baddeley goCognitive 00:04:41
Language acquisition - why less is more According to Dr. Friederici, focusing on syntax and the grammatical rules of a language is more efficient than learning vocabulary. In this case, a simple set of a few nouns, verbs, and adjectives can help the learner to understand the syntactical... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:49
Medical decision making How are heuristics helpful in real-word situations? Dr. Gigerenzer describes how simple heuristics can improve medical decision making over much more complex solutions. By ignoring much of the available information, simple heuristics often are... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:07:37

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