Mycological rationality : Heuristics, perception and decision-making in mushroom foraging

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Kaaronen , R O 2020 , ' Mycological rationality : Heuristics, perception and decision-making in mushroom foraging ' , Judgment and decision making , vol. 15 , no. 5 , pp. 630–647 . < http://journal.sjdm.org/20/200330/jdm200330.html >

Title: Mycological rationality : Heuristics, perception and decision-making in mushroom foraging
Author: Kaaronen, Roope Oskari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Social Policy
Date: 2020-09-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Judgment and decision making
ISSN: 1930-2975
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/320369
Abstract: How do mushroom foragers make safe and efficient decisions under uncertainty, or deal with the genuine risks of misidentification and poisoning? This article is an inquiry into ecological rationality, heuristics, perception, and decision-making in mushroom foraging. By surveying 894 Finnish mushroom foragers, this article illustrates how socially learned rules of thumb and heuristics are used in mushroom foraging, and how simple heuristics are often complemented by more complex and intuitive decision-making. The results illustrate how traditional foraging cultures have evolved precautionary heuristics to deal with uncertainties and poisonous species, and how foragers develop selective attention through experience. The study invites us to consider whether other human foraging cultures might use heuristics similarly, how and why such traditions have culturally evolved, and whether early hunter-gatherers might have used simple heuristics to deal with uncertainty.
Subject: 515 Psychology
6162 Cognitive science
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