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
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
Short-term memory and attention In this third and final video segment, Dr. Edward Awh from the University of Oregon explains his view of the interrelationship between Attention and working memory. He proposes that attention is one of the central mechanisms underlying working... Edward Awh goCognitive 00:16:03
Short-term memory capacity In this first of three video interviews Dr. Edward Awh from the University of Oregon is discussing the changes in our thinking about short-term memory capacity. Instead of the famous 7+/-2 capacity estimate by Miller, recent research using different... Edward Awh goCognitive 00:15:32
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 neural basis of short-term memory In this second video interview segment, Dr. Edward Awh from the University of Oregon explains our current understanding of the neural basis of working memory. He lists some of the central brain regions implicated in working memory tasks and the role... Edward Awh goCognitive 00:15:17
Visual Attention Ron Rensink explains basic principles of visual attention and visual representations. Ron Rensink goCognitive 00:18:19
Visual Attention In this interview, Dr. Geoff Boynton from the University of Washington talks about the neural basis of visual attention. In the first segment, he outlines the changes in our understanding how attention modulates neural processing and some of his own... Geoff Boynton goCognitive 00:21:48
Visual Perception and Size Illusions In this video, Dr. Scott Murray from the University of Washington explains the basic processes underlying visual perception. He emphasizes the goal of visual perception - the interpretation of a proximal stimulus in terms of the what is out there in... Scott Murray goCognitive 00:19:52