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Learning to choose: Cognitive aging and strategy selection learning in decision making

Mata, Rui and von Helversen, Bettina and Rieskamp, Jörg. (2010) Learning to choose: Cognitive aging and strategy selection learning in decision making. Psychology and Aging, 25 (2). pp. 299-309.

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Abstract

Decision makers often have to learn from experience. In these situations, people must use the available feedback to select the appropriate decision strategy. How does the ability to select decision strategies on the basis of experience change with age? We examined younger and older adults' strategy selection learning in a probabilistic inference task using a computational model of strategy selection learning. Older adults showed poorer decision performance compared with younger adults. In particular, older adults performed poorly in an environment favoring the use of a more cognitively demanding strategy. The results suggest that the impact of cognitive aging on strategy selection learning depends on the structure of the decision environment.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Cognitive and Decision Sciences (Hertwig)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Entscheidungspsychologie > Cognitive and Decision Sciences (Mata)
UniBasel Contributors:Mata, Rui
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0882-7974
e-ISSN:1939-1498
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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