I am very excited to have received £2500 college research funding for a project which takes decision making into the ‘real’ world. This enables me to continue my collaboration with Richard Tunney in Nottingham looking at the accuracy of decisions we make for people we care about. In our recent paper published in PLOS ONE (full text – open access) we report that the more distant we are from people the less impulsive/ more rational our decisions are for them. What we don’t know is whether the beneficiary of our decisions would have made the same choice or not. This is particularly important in medical and financial decision making, and this project will investigate the accuracy of this surrogate decision making.
We will soon start recruiting people over the age of 50 years old, who are in a civil partnership or married, to take part in our study. This will involve making a number of decisions about hypothetical financial and health related questions, simply by selecting Option A/ Option B as a preference.
If you are interested in this work, please get in touch.