T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience Seminar

Thursday, April 15, 2021
10:00am to 11:00am
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Choosing, fast and slow: Implications of prioritized-sampling models for understanding automaticity and control
Cendri Hutcherson, Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Decision Neuroscience, University of Toronto,

Abstract: The idea that behavior results from a dynamic interplay between automatic and controlled processing underlies much of decision science, but has also generated considerable controversy. In this talk, I will highlight behavioral and neural data showing how recently-developed computational models of decision making can be used to shed new light on whether, when, and how decisions result from distinct processes operating at different timescales. Across diverse domains ranging from altruism to risky choice biases and self-regulation, our work suggests that a model of prioritized attentional sampling and evidence accumulation may provide an alternative explanation for many phenomena previously interpreted as supporting dual process models of choice. However, I also show how some features of the model might be taken as support for specific aspects of dual-process models, providing a way to reconcile conflicting accounts and generating new predictions and insights along the way.

For more information, or if you are interested in attending this online seminar, please contact Liz Schroeder by email at eschroder@caltech.edu.