## Good judgments do not require complex cognition

2010
##### Authors
Marewski, Julian N.
Gigerenzer, Gerd
Journal article
##### Published in
Cognitive Processing ; 11 (2010), 2. - pp. 103-121. - ISSN 1612-4782. - eISSN 1612-4790
##### Abstract
What cognitive capabilities allow Homo sapiens to successfully bet on the stock market, to catch balls in baseball games, to accurately predict the outcomes of political elections, or to correctly decide whether a patient needs to be allocated to the coronary care unit? It is a widespread belief in psychology and beyond that complex judgment tasks require complex solutions. Countering this common intuition, in this article, we argue that in an uncertain world actually the opposite is true: Humans do not need complex cognitive strategies to make good inferences, estimations, and other judgments; rather, it is the very simplicity and robustness of our cognitive repertoire that makes Homo sapiens a capable decision maker.
150 Psychology
##### Keywords
Heuristics,Ecological rationality,Cognitive capacities
##### Cite This
ISO 690MAREWSKI, Julian N., Wolfgang GAISSMAIER, Gerd GIGERENZER, 2010. Good judgments do not require complex cognition. In: Cognitive Processing. 11(2), pp. 103-121. ISSN 1612-4782. eISSN 1612-4790. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s10339-009-0337-0
BibTex
@article{Marewski2010-05judgm-28040,
year={2010},
doi={10.1007/s10339-009-0337-0},
title={Good judgments do not require complex cognition},
number={2},
volume={11},
issn={1612-4782},
journal={Cognitive Processing},
pages={103--121},
author={Marewski, Julian N. and Gaissmaier, Wolfgang and Gigerenzer, Gerd}
}

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