Effort Evaluation

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The idea that humans configure their actions in ways that minimize effort has been a staple of many accounts of human behavior for well over a century now. Though widespread, this idea has not been systematically studied until recently. We have begun to examine how individuals achieve the goal of avoiding effort, why is it that effort is largely aversive, and perhaps most important, what is effort

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It is a rather uncontroversial statement that our everyday lives have become integrated with a variety of "external" aids. We often use these aids - such as smartphones, calendars, and calculators - to attempt to supplement our internal cognitive processing. This decision to integrate an external aid into our internal processing is commonly referred to as cognitive offloading. How we decide to offload and how we think about external aids has been the focus of our recent works in this domain. 

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Cognitive Offloading

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