Interview Compilations

How to make decisions in an uncertain world
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
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
Gerd Gigerenzer - Decision Making Dr. Gigerenzer is one of the leading researchers in the field of human decision making. His research tries to find the mechanisms by which humans make decisions in real-world situations. Unlike many other models, Dr. Gigerenzer's approach... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive
How I got into decision making In this personal account of how he decided to become a cognitive psychologist and focus on human decision making, Dr. Gigerenzer reveals that he also had the opportunity to earn money as a professional musician. Gerd Gigerenzer 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
Risk communication Dr. Gigerenzer explains how the communication of risk is a central problem in medical decision making - both on the side of the doctors as well as the patients. Risk illiteracy often leads to faulty decision making with severe consequences for the... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:10:29
Selection of heuristics Sometimes, more than one heuristic could be applied in a given situation. In these cases a decision has to be made which heuristic to go with. Dr. GIgerenzer explains how these conflicts are resolved. Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:04:16
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 role of intuitions Intuitions play an important role in many real-world decision making situations, yet they are often discarded as flawed when compared to algorithmic solutions. Societal pressures on decision makers to produce rational and factual evidence for the... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:09:10