Broadening behavioral decision research: Multiple levels of cognitive processing

Douglas L. Medin*, Max H. Bazerman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The area of behavioral decision research-specifically, the work on heuristics and biases - has had a tremendous influence on basic research, applied research, and application over the last 25 years. Its unique juxtaposition against economics has provided important benefits, but at the cost of leaving it disconnected from too much of psychology. This paper explores an expanded definition of behavioral decision research through the consideration of multiple levels of cognitive processing. Rather than being limited to how decision makers depart from optimality, we offer a broader analysis of how decision makers define the decision problem and link decisions to goals, as well as a more detailed focus on processes associated with implementing decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-546
Number of pages14
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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