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The Leadership Lectures: Julian Marewski, Ph.D.

About the Lecture

Making Smart Decisions Utilizing Simple Strategies

What capabilities enabled the pilots of US Airways flight 1549 to quickly decide that their best bet to save 150 passengers’ lives was to attempt an emergency landing in the Hudson River? What is the role of judgmental heuristics in making key decisions when time or information is limited?

It is a widespread belief in psychology, economics and beyond that challenging decision tasks require complex, sophisticated solutions. Countering this common intuition, Dr. Julian Marewski argues that in an uncertain world actually the opposite may be true: Humans do not need complex strategies to make good decisions; rather, it is the very simplicity and robustness of our cognitive repertoire of decision strategies that can turn us into capable decision makers. These simple decision strategies work well when employed in the right situations, and using these strategies can be trained. Relying on computer simulations, mathematical analyses, experimental and field studies, Dr. Marewski illustrates this point for different domains, ranging from business to piloting, medical decision making, and risk communication.

About the Speaker

Dr. Julian Marewski

Julian Marewski is a Research Scientist (Ph.D. Free University Berlin) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. His research focuses on the mathematical and computational modeling of mechanisms of heuristic decision making, with a special focus on modeling people’s behavior in real-world (as opposed to laboratory) settings. He has published journal articles on (i) basic research on heuristic decisions making, (ii) research on how the science of heuristic can aid solving applied problems, as well as (iii) on the methodological aspects of formally modeling heuristic and other mechanism of decision making. Dr. Marewski has received several awards for his research, including the Raimar Lüst Fellowship of the Max Planck Society.


February 23, 2011 from 11:00am – 12:30pm.


College of Business Complex, CBC 232
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8 Street, Miami, Florida 33199

The Leadership Lectures are presented with the generous support of Mercantil Bank.

Mercantil Commercebank

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