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Seminar: 9/23 - David Danks, Carnegie Mellon University

11:00 to 12:30 PM      at:  5101 Tolman Hall

Causally constructing choices

It has long been recognized that causal cognition influences our decision-making, and we can learn about the causal structure of the world from our choices. In this talk, I will first review some recent experimental results about this bi-directional relationship. I will then argue that more traditional models (both psychological and normative) of decision-making are inadequate to capture important features of real-world decision-making, but that we can address them by incorporating causal cognition. I thus present a novel computational cognitive model of decision-making that does not have these same gaps, and explore many of the model's interesting properties, both formal and empirical.