Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Where does fast and frugal cognition stop? The boundary between complex cognition and simple heuristics

Thom Baguley a1 and S. Ian Robertson a2
a1 Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, England
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Luton, Luton, LU1 3JU, England


Simple heuristics that make us smart presents a valuable and valid interpretation of how we make fast decisions particularly in situations of ignorance and uncertainty. What is missing is how this intersects with thinking under even greater uncertainty or ignorance, such as novice problem solving, and with the development of expert cognition.