Faculty Member: Sam Gershman
We are interested in what factors drive people to sometimes seek out information, and other times avoid it. People frequently spend time and resources seeking out information that is useless except for satisfying curiosity. For example, following international politics or feeling the need to read how the plot of a book ends. In other circumstances, people have been shown to take a "head‐in‐the‐sand" approach to information. For example, breast cancer patients tend to put off scheduling a doctor appointment if their symptoms have taken a turn for the worse. We're interested in reproducing some of these behaviors using computer‐controlled decision‐making experiments to test what circumstances and personality traits lead some people to seek or avoid information.