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
Testing for synesthesia Dr. Jamie Ward explains how synesthesia can be tested for using different methods. One method focuses of the specificity of color associations and high test-retest reliability. Another test involves pattern perception where people with synesthesia... Jamie Ward goCognitive 00:03:18
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
The promise of neuroimaging Neuro-imaging has served as an important tool in constraining the general nature of cognitive theories - but Baddeley warns not to overinterpret neuro-imaging data. A lack of replication and the complex nature of the associated statistical... Alan Baddeley goCognitive 00:03:49
Types of synesthesia Dr. Jamie Ward talks about different types of synesthesia and how they relate to the concept of sequences in the brain. Types of synesthesia include number and letter color, word-taste, vision-music, spatial sequences, and mirror-touch synesthesia. Jamie Ward goCognitive 00:06:25