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A Diagnostic Approach to Alternatives Can Lead to Better Decision-making

March 1, 2010

Philip Fernbach Researchers led by Philip Fernbach, a cognitive and linguistic sciences graduate student, have found that individuals are more likely to consider alternative causes when they make diagnoses than when they make decisions about the future. The findings suggest that framing problems as diagnostic-likelihood judgments can reduce bias. Details will be in the March 2010 edition of Psychological Science. Full Story

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