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Adaptive Thinking: Rationality in the Real World

Gerd Gigerenzer


Where do new ideas come from? What is social intelligence? Why do social scientists perform mindless statistical rituals? This vital book is about rethinking rationality as adaptive thinking: to understand how minds cope with their environments, both ecological and social. The author proposes and illustrates a bold new research program that investigates the psychology of rationality, introducing the concepts of ecological, bounded, and social rationality. His path-breaking collection takes research on thinking, social intelligence, creativity, and decision-making out of an ethereal world where ... More

Keywords: adaptive thinking, rationality, social intelligence, creativity, decision making, human behavior, cognitive science, psychology, sociology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195153729
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153729.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerd Gigerenzer, author
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
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