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Are Pigeons Better at Making Decisions than You?

Abstract

Have you ever wondered why humans are cognitively superior to other animals? Well, guess what. We’re not! Our presentation addresses several ways in which humans are poor decision-makers as well as several strategies to improve selection outcomes. From our research, we highlight the key differences between humans and pigeons on a decision-making task called the Secretary Problem. This famous problem uses Optimal Stopping Theory to predict when decision-makers should make a final selection from a finite list of choices. We modified this study to test pigeons’ performance on this task, at which humans are notoriously bad. We explain how our study provides additional context for interpreting humans’ use of response biases in decision-making tasks.

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Wally Herbranson

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Motivating Influences

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Maxey 104

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Oral Presentation

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Are Pigeons Better at Making Decisions than You?

Maxey 104

Have you ever wondered why humans are cognitively superior to other animals? Well, guess what. We’re not! Our presentation addresses several ways in which humans are poor decision-makers as well as several strategies to improve selection outcomes. From our research, we highlight the key differences between humans and pigeons on a decision-making task called the Secretary Problem. This famous problem uses Optimal Stopping Theory to predict when decision-makers should make a final selection from a finite list of choices. We modified this study to test pigeons’ performance on this task, at which humans are notoriously bad. We explain how our study provides additional context for interpreting humans’ use of response biases in decision-making tasks.

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