ERIC Number: EJ812861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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What Do the Theories of Egon Brunswik Have to Say to Medical Education?
Wigton, Robert S.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v13 n1 p109-121 Mar 2008
Every day physicians make judgments about patient management and diagnosis based on less than perfect information from many different sources. Judgment and decision-making research has taught us a great deal about such decisions, but these insights rarely find their way into the medical curriculum. One productive line of investigation in the study of judgment and decision making has followed the insights and theories developed by the psychologist, Egon Brunswik. His theories are becoming increasingly relevant to modern judgment problems. In this paper, I outline Brunswik's theories, trace their development over the last 50 years and speculate on what role they should play in medical education.
Descriptors: Medical Education, Physicians, Role Perception, Educational Theories, Evaluative Thinking, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Clinical Diagnosis, Investigations, Educational Psychology, Intellectual History, Decision Making Skills
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