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In conversation with David Tuckett, Gerd Gigerenzer, one of today’s most outstanding and interesting psychologists, will discuss differences in thinking about decision-making under risk versus uncertainty, a distinction that is of fundamental importance for cognitive neuroscience but one which is often neglected – with significant consequences for understanding the macroeconomy and public and medical decision-making as well as the validity of research in neuroscience ad psychology. How can we improve research?

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and former Director of the Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) Center at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Awards for his work include the AAAS Prize for the best article in the behavioral sciences, the Association of American Publishers Prize for the best book in the social and behavioral sciences, the German Psychology Award, and the Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation. His award-winning popular books Calculated Risks, Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, and Risk Savvy: How to make good decisions have been translated into 21 languages. His academic books include Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart, Rationality for Mortals, Simply Rational, and Bounded Rationality (with Reinhard Selten, a Nobel Laureate in economics). In Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions (with Sir Muir Gray) he shows how better informed doctors and patients can improve healthcare while reducing costs. Together with the Bank of England, he is working on the project “Simple heuristics for a safer world.” Gigerenzer has trained U.S. federal judges, German physicians, and top managers in decision making and understanding risks and uncertainties.

David Tuckett is Director of the UCL Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty and Principal Investigator of RCUK’s CRUISSE network – Confronting Radical Uncertainty in Science, Society and the Environment network.

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