Individual and Group Decision Making: Current Issues

By N. John Castellan Jr. | Go to book overview

PREFACE

At the 1990 annual convention of the American Psychological Association, a portion of the meeting was devoted to a "Science Weekend," an exciting program sponsored by the APA Science Directorate and several APA divisions. Three program tracks or themes were focal points for the weekend, and one track was Decision Making. The Decision-Making track included two invited addresses and symposia by distinguished scholars in the field. However, because of the strong interest in decision making, the time allotted for the Science Weekend could not accommodate the diversity and breadth of the field. As a result, additional sessions on decision making were included elsewhere in the meeting. As a participant in one of the symposia and an observer at others, I was struck by the strong interest in the sessions-- some were standing room only--and the variety of approaches to decision making. During the convention, the idea for this volume took root and was encouraged and nurtured by colleagues. Participants in the convention symposia and invited addresses were enthusiastic about the possibility of presenting their work in a more coherent and extended form. As a result, this volume consists of two of the invited addresses and three of the symposia from that meeting--Processing Probabilistic Information, Jury Decision Making, and Naturalistic Group Decision Making.

As the project developed in consultation with the various contributors, it became clear that we needed more than a simple compilation of manuscripts derived from convention presentations. The participants in each symposium share a common vision of research in their particular area and had an

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