Learning, risk attitude and hot stoves in restless bandit problems


This research examines decisions from experience in restless bandit problems. Two experiments revealed four main effects. (1) Risk neutrality. the typical participant did not learn to become risk averse, a contradiction of the hot stove effect. (2) Sensitivity to the transition probabilities that govern the Markov process. (3) Positive recency. the probability of a risky choice being repeated was higher after a win than after a loss. (4) Inertia. the probability of a risky choice being repeated following a loss was higher than the probability of a risky choice after a safe choice. These results can be described with a simple contingent sampler model, which assumes that choices are made based on small samples of experiences contingent on the current state.

Journal of mathematical psychology (53)
Guido Biele
Guido Biele

My research interests include statistical and cognitive modeling around ADHD.