How to Study Human Judgment And Why

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(4), 248-250. The reviewer states that these two books (see record 1996-97447-000)and (see record 1996-98949-000) treat the topic of human judgment in two very different, but complementary, ways. Cooksey's book is organized according to methodological considerations. It is literally a “how-to” book that provides details of designing a judgment study, constructing the task and analyzing the data. Hammond's book roams over a wide intellectual landscape, exploring the relevance of judgment in domains as diverse as sentencing guidelines in judicial practice, diagnostic and treatment decisions in medicine, design decisions in engineering, justice in welfare allocations, forecasting in economic decision making, and the role of advisors in politics. The reviewer provides areas where he disagrees with the authors but ultimately views both books as excellent. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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