The Otto Lab


Department of Psychology at McGill University


Understanding human decision-making using cognitive psychology, computational models, and neuroscience


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Why do we sometimes rely on slow, deliberative, and effortful choices, while at other times we rely on fast, habitual, and reflexive choice? Why don't we always marshal all of our resources to make the best possible decision? Our research investigates why we sometimes rely on slow and effortful choices, while at other times we rely on fast and reflexive choice.

For example, how does an individual's reliance upon reflective versus reflexive choice vary situationally based on factors like availability of cognitive resources, stress, time pressure, or perceived costs and benefits? Why might individuals differ, dispositionally, in their reliance upon reflective versus reflexive choices?

To answer these questions, we use a combination of computational, behavioral, and psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques.




Department of  Psychology