Accession Number : AD0285565

Title :   MATHEMATICAL THEORIES IN PERFORMANCE DECISION MAKING, AND LEARNING. A LITERATURE REVIEW

Corporate Author : LEHIGH UNIV BETHLEHEM PA

Personal Author(s) : BRODY,ARTHUR L. ; WEINSTOCK,SOLOMON

Report Date : JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Literatures on mathematical theories in psychology between 1930 and 1959 were reviewed to provide an introduction for the nonmathematically trained researcher. The review is restricted to information theory, game and decision theory, and probabilistic learning theories. Conclusions were that: (a) information theory has provided a language and an information measure but has not been used as a theory; the information measure and the noisy channel theorem are used heuristically; (b) applications of game and decision theory fail to satisfy any of the evaluative criteria; and (c) probabilistic learning theories have been developing soundly. However, the Estes theory needs to be extended to a broader variety of situations while the Bush-Mosteller theory needs a subsidiary learning theory to solve problems of coordination of theoretical terms with experimental variables and to define its range of application. (Author)

Descriptors :   *BIBLIOGRAPHIES, *DECISION MAKING, *LEARNING, *PSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR, COMMUNICATION THEORY, GAME THEORY, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION, MATHEMATICS, PROBABILITY, THEORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE