Discarding Optimality: Throwing Out the Baby with the Bathwater?
Rahnev & Denison (R&D) argue against normative theories and in favor of a more descriptive “standard observer model” of perceptual decision making. We agree with the authors in many respects, but we argue that optimality (specifically, reward-rate maximization) has proved demonstrably useful as a hypothesis, contrary to the authors’ claims.
Simen, Patrick, and Fuat Balci. 2019. "Discarding Optimality: Throwing Out the Baby with the Bathwater?" Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41: e243.
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