Utility maximization and bounds on human information processing

Andrew Howes, Richard L. Lewis, Satinder Singh

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Utility maximization is a key element of a number of theoretical approaches to explaining human behavior. Among these approaches are rational analysis, ideal observer theory, and signal detection theory. While some examples of these approaches define the utility maximization problem with little reference to the bounds imposed by the organism, others start with, and emphasize approaches in which bounds imposed by the information processing architecture are considered as an explicit part of the utility maximization problem. These latter approaches are the topic of this issue of the journal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-203
JournalTopics in Cognitive Science
Issue number2
Early online date19 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2014


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