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From the Publisher"We desperately need a better understanding of how people search for information in the real world. After all, intelligent search and stopping search, both internally and externally, are keys to adaptive behavior. This book provides a comprehensive view of current knowledge and, importantly, lays out the direction for future research on 'satisficing' (as opposed to 'optimizing') search mechanisms in humans and other species."—GerdGigerenzer, Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
"This collection significantly broadens and deepens our scientific understanding of search as it manifests in behavior, biology, cognitive processes, the brain, and computation.
Twenty years ago, the idea that one kind of search, such as information search, was like another,such as food foraging, was typically met with resistance that focused on differences (after all,information is not food). This book demonstrates the rich tapestry of explanations of search that cuts across fields, and the papers provide fertile opportunities for a new generation of researchers to reach across disciplines to find exciting and productive concepts and models."—Peter Pirolli, Research Fellow, Palo Alto ResearchCenter