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Baine Craft, Ph.D.

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Research Proposal

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Psychology

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Cognitive biases, or heuristics, are well known and established within psychological literature, but little research exists on whether these biases significantly alter decisions where variability or risk is involved. To date, no research on cognitive bias in animal behavior has been completed. The proposed study seeks to determine if individuals, both human and nonhuman, utilize the availability heuristic to evaluate the probability of outcomes when probabilities are objective and known. Risk sensitive foraging models, in which participants choose between a constant and a variable option, will be utilized to evaluate reliance on heuristics, increasing understanding of cognitive valuation and choice.

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A comparative study of the availability heuristic in risk-sensitive foraging

Cognitive biases, or heuristics, are well known and established within psychological literature, but little research exists on whether these biases significantly alter decisions where variability or risk is involved. To date, no research on cognitive bias in animal behavior has been completed. The proposed study seeks to determine if individuals, both human and nonhuman, utilize the availability heuristic to evaluate the probability of outcomes when probabilities are objective and known. Risk sensitive foraging models, in which participants choose between a constant and a variable option, will be utilized to evaluate reliance on heuristics, increasing understanding of cognitive valuation and choice.

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