Mind-ception: Investigating the relationship between theory of mind and decision making

2016-07-12T20:46:19Z (GMT) by Hassan Ahamed Jake Kurczek
<div> <div> <div> <div> <div>Ahamed, H., & Kurczek, J. (2016, April). Mind-ception: Investigating the relationship between theory of mind and decision making. <i>Poster Presentation at the 31st Annual LVAIC Undergraduate Psychology Conference.</i> Bethlehem, PA.</div><ul> <li> <p>•  Much of our decision making (DM) requires either direct or indirect considerations of others’ thoughts (McCubbins, et al., 2012). </p> </li> <li> <p>•  Theory of Mind (ToM – the capacity to infer the thoughts/intentions of others) is an ability intrinsic to game theory (which underlies much of economic research concerning DM – von Neumann & Morgenstern, 1944) as attributing preferences to others sets up strategic game play (Kimbrough et al., 2014) </p> </li> <li> <p>•  DM also shares cognitive and neural components with the ToM as proposed by Shamay-Tsoory et al. (2009, 2010) </p> </li> <li> <p>•  However, the research is mixed regarding the relationship between ToM and DM. A number of studies have found no relationship between the two abilities (Torralva et al., 2007; Torralva et al., 2013; Xi et al., 2011) </p> </li> <li> <p>•  Here we explore the relationship between ToM and Decision Making across ToM and decision tasks and within a novel application of a matrix decision task </p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div>