Brent Snook, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Associate Professor Psychology St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador bsnook@play.psych.mun.ca Office: (709) 864-3101

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My research involves the study of bounded rationality in forensic environments. Bounded rationality is the study of the heuristics that people with limited time, knowledge, or cognitive power use to make decisions; the structure of the environment in which people make decisions; and the match bet...

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My research involves the study of bounded rationality in forensic environments. Bounded rationality is the study of the heuristics that people with limited time, knowledge, or cognitive power use to make decisions; the structure of the environment in which people make decisions; and the match between the two.

Forensic psychology is the study of human behaviour as it relates to the law or legal system. Specifically, the research in my lab investigates (i) the evidence that people use simple heuristics to make consequential forensic decisions, (ii) the heuristics that are used to search for information or alternatives, stop that search, and make a decision, (iii) when and why heuristics work well, and (iv) the conditions under which simple heuristics are used to make decisions. My recent research has examined the heuristics that people use to predict where serial offenders live and an analysis of the structure of offender spatial decisions. Research in my lab also involves the study of bounded rationality in non-forensic environments (we have recently tested whether people use the recognition heuristic in sports environments) and other general forensic psychological issues (the use and misuse of psychologically-based investigative techniques).


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