Natural Rationality | decision-making in the economy of nature


Decision-Making in Robotics and Psychology: A Distributed Account

Forthcoming a special issue of New Ideas in Psychology on Cognitive Robotics & Theoretical Psychology, edited by Tom Ziemke & Mark Bickhard:

Hardy-Vallée, B. (in press). Decision-Making in Robotics and Psychology: A Distributed Account. New Ideas in Psychology

Decision-making is usually a secondary topic in psychology, relegated to the last chapters of textbooks. The psychological study of decision-making assumes a certain conception of its nature and mechanisms that has been shown wrong by research in robotics. Robotics indicates that decision-making is not—or at least not only—an intellectual task, but also a process of dynamic behavioral control, mediated by embodied and situated sensorimotor interaction. The implications of this conception for psychology are discussed.