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Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making$
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Peter Hammerstein and Jeffrey R. Stevens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018081

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018081.001.0001

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Modularity and Decision Making

Modularity and Decision Making

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(p.183) 11 Modularity and Decision Making
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Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making
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Robert Kurzban

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018081.003.0011

Mechanisms that are useful are often specialized because of the efficiency gains that derive from specialization. This principle is in evidence in the domain of tools, artificial computational devices, and across the natural biological world. Some have argued that human decision making is similarly the result of a substantial number of functionally specialized or “modular” systems brought to bear on particular decision-making tasks. Which system is recruited for a given decision-making task depends on the cues available to the decision maker. A number of research programs have advanced using these ideas, but the approach remains controversial.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, decision making, cheater detection, information integration, modularity, specialization

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