Ignorance and Uncertainty

Emerging Paradigms

  • Michael Smithson

Part of the Cognitive Science book series (COGNITIVE SCIEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. A Vocabulary of Ignorance

    1. Michael Smithson
      Pages 1-13
  3. Normative Paradigms

    1. Michael Smithson
      Pages 14-40
    2. Michael Smithson
      Pages 41-91
    3. Michael Smithson
      Pages 92-151
  4. Descriptive and Explanatory Paradigms

    1. Michael Smithson
      Pages 216-263
    2. Michael Smithson
      Pages 264-307
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 308-393

About this book


Ignorance and Uncertainty overviews a variety of approaches to the problem of indeterminacies in human thought and behavior. This book examines, in depth, trends in the psychology of judgment and decision-making under uncertainty or ignorance. Research from the fields of cognitive psychology, social psychology, organizational studies, sociology, and social anthroplogy are reviewed here in anticipation of what Dr. Smithson characterizes as the beginning of a "creative dialogue between these researchers". Ignorance and Uncertainty offers the conceptual framework for understanding the paradigms associated with current research. It discusses the ways in which attitudes toward ignorance and uncertainty are changing, and addresses issues previously ignored.


behavior control heuristics organization probability subject uncertainty

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Smithson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesJames Cook University of North QueenslandTownsvilleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-96945-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3628-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1887
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