Annual Review of Psychology, 2005, Vol. 56 by Susan T. Fiske

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Can such theories be scientific, or is calling a neural signal or a behavior a random process only an excuse for ignorance? sgm LaTeX2e(2002/01/18) INDETERMINATE BEHAVIOR P1: IKH 29 axiom that all of the physical phenomena we study are fundamentally determinate in order to avoid these issues, but on the other hand such an assertion may force us to neglect a growing body of compelling evidence. THE RISING TIDE OF APPARENT INDETERMINACY Annu. Rev. Psychol. 56:25-56. org by Ball State University on 01/05/09.

What VonNeumann & Morgenstern showed was that under these conditions we can predict that a rational player will titrate risk against gain and play paper two-thirds of the time, scissors one-sixth of the time, and rock one-sixth of the time. Critically, however, he must avoid making his twothirds, one-sixth, one-sixth selections in a determinate fashion; for example, in a repeated version of the game by playing paper, then scissors, then paper, then rock, then paper, and then paper. sgm LaTeX2e(2002/01/18) INDETERMINATE BEHAVIOR P1: IKH 31 Annu.

THE RISING TIDE OF APPARENT INDETERMINACY Annu. Rev. Psychol. 56:25-56. org by Ball State University on 01/05/09. For personal use only. Indeterminacy in the Social Sciences Like scholars in the physical sciences, social scientists in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries strongly emphasized a determinate scientific approach in their study of human behavior. The classic economic theory of that period, for example, rested on the foundation of a theory of determinate utility developed by Blaise Pascal (1670, Arnauld & Nicole 1662) and Daniel Bernoulli (1738).

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