Comparative Decision Making Studies

Analysis and Decision Support Tools

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

CDMS 2011 Conference

May 13-15, 2011
Lexington, KY

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The comparative approach to the study of decision making (CDMS) incorporates breadth in levels of system complexity (including societies, organizations, complex and simple organisms, and abstract systems), levels of analysis (mechanistic, developmental, functional, and cultural/evolutionary), study subjects (humans, non-human animals, plants, and electronic systems), and disciplines (social sciences, computer science, biological sciences, business/economics, medicine, education, and agriculture).

During two and a half days fourteen high profile speakers presented the results of their innovative research projects and their views on interdisciplinary decision making research in general. A poster presentation session depicted the wide variety of interdisciplinary projects on decision making. The invited and poster presentations differed in the emphases given to exploring basic principles versus developing specific applications.

In addition to invited and poster presentations, there was time for meeting people from different academic areas in their study of decision-making capacities.