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Wilke Andreas | Fellow Postdoctoral
2009-01-15 - 2010-01-14 | Research area: Cognition and Sociality
Human Foraging Cognition
My research focuses on the cognitive adaptations underlying decision making under uncertainty in foraging. I investigate whether the same mechanisms animals use in foraging for patchy resources are also shared by humans and used in novel tasks such as searching for physical resources or information on the Internet. Currently, I am looking at whether people´s assumptions about the patchiness of resources underlie well-known phenomena of human judgment, such as the ´hot hand´ or the ´gambler´s´ fallacy. For this purpose, I am studying people in controlled laboratory settings as well as conduct field studies in a traditional foraging society in Amazonian Ecuador. My previous training was interdisciplinary and includes cognitive psychology, behavioral ecology and biological anthropology.