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Feb
15

If Only Voters Were As Serious As Gamblers About Presidential Elections

See on Scoop.itBrain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots

Yes, you can bet on presidential elections. And gamblers betting on the election have a pretty good history of predicting the next US president. Better than the bulk of polls and surveys, in fact. …

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Feb
15

Prediction, precaution, and policy under global change

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A great deal of research to inform environmental conservation and management takes a predict-and-prescribe strategy in which improving forecasts about future states of ecosystems is the primary goal. But sufficiently thorough understanding of ecosystems needed to reduce deep uncertainties is probably not achievable, seriously limiting the potential effectiveness of the predict-and-prescribe approach. Instead, research should integrate more closely with policy development to identify the range of alternative plausible futures and develop strategies that are robust across these scenarios and responsive to unpredictable ecosystem dynamics.

Prediction, precaution, and policy under global change
Daniel E. Schindler, Ray Hilborn

Science 27 February 2015:
Vol. 347 no. 6225 pp. 953-954
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1261824

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Feb
15

Empirical test of a quantum probability model for question order effects found in survey research

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Abstract This article develops and empirically tests a quantum probability model for question order effects observed in survey research. First, the general theoretical assumptions are  presented; second, an exact parameter free prediction is derived; third, the results from four surveys and one experiment are used to empirically test the prediction; fourth, a new index is derived to measure similarity between questions; finally, we describe the main conditions under which order effects are predicted to occur. In conclusion, quantum theory, initially invented to explain order effects on measurements in physics, provides a powerful explanation for order effects of survey questions too

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27
Feb
15

The danger of artificial stupidity

See on Scoop.itBrain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots

by J. Mark Bishop It is not often that you are obliged to proclaim a much-loved international genius wrong, but in the alarming prediction made recently regarding Artificial Intelligence and the fu…

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27
Feb
15

Neurogenesis: How To Grow New Brain Cells – PsyBlog

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Adults can still grow new brain cells – neurogenesis – but what are they for?

For a long time scientists believed that neurogenesis was impossible: adults had all the brain cells they were ever going to have.

Now we know that’s not true.

In fact, we continue to grow new brain cells into adulthood.

The race is on to find out what these brain cells are for and how we can grow more of them.

A new review of the scientific literature, published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, argues that the growth of new cells aids adaptation to the environment (Opendak & Gould, 2015).

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27
Feb
15

Social Nudges: Their Mechanisms and Justification

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

In this paper I argue that the use of social nudges, policy interventions to induce voluntary cooperation in social dilemma situations, can be defended against two ethical objections which I call objections from coherence and autonomy. Specifically I

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