On the cognitive science of decision-making for the design of governance systems

Part of DGov Council 2020
Host: Chris Wray

Topic, Main Questions

  • What are the different (cognitive) modes of attention to a situation that requires judgement/decision making?
  • How can we design our processes for making decisions in the course of governance to prompt/support decision-makers to engage their full cognitive capacities?

Agreements and convergence

  • Simple prompts such as providing a reason for a decision or explaining which experiences make one “expert” at this kind of judgement

Disagreements and challenges

  • Each judgement/decision may require a sequence of different ways of attending to/thinking about the situation; so how can we make through an entire process?

Key learnings and conclusion

  • We can apply this research when designing governance systems