Computer game could help with uncertainty



Quiz could boost decision making

Quiz could boost decision making

Researchers say a new computer game could enhance the ability to make everyday decisions.

The game is currently being developed at Queen’s University in Belfast and can teach people to assess uncertainty when faced with certain choices.

By learning to weigh up risks and potential outcomes, people can develop better decision making skills.

Project leader David Newman says “It’s the first ever online quiz designed to let people estimate how sure they are of their answers and score more highly if they don’t ignore their uncertainty but realistically assess it,”

He added “Whether the choices facing us are simple or complex, a greater awareness of uncertainty and of our own biases can improve the quality of our decision-making.

The hope is that this early prototype will be developed into a training or e-learning tool that would be available to professionals and the general public.

The researchers think that this type of game would not only be used for education purposes, but could also provide entertainment. “We believe there’s real potential for people to acquire that awareness through computer games.”

Anyone can try out the game right now by going here http://quiz.worldofuncertainty.org.

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