The Cognition and Decision Seminar Series presents
Memory and Representativeness
We explore the idea that judgment by representativeness reflects the workings of episodic memory, especially interference. In a new laboratory experiment on cued recall, participants are shown two groups of images with different distributions of colors. We find that i) decreasing the frequency of a given color in one group significantly increases the recalled frequency of that color in the other group, ii) for a fixed set of images, different cues for the same objective distribution entail different interference patterns and different probabilistic assessments. Selective retrieval and interference may offer a foundation for the representativeness heuristic, but more generally for understanding the formation of probability judgments from experienced statistical associations.
Thursday, Febuary 25
4:15 - 5:30 PM
The Cognition and Decision Seminar Series is sponsored by the Program for Economic Research and the Center for Decision Science
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