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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Humans solve many cognitive problems better when they talk with one another than when they work alone. A rich tradition in psychology has demonstrated that that the benefits of group work are far greater than most people think and that they cover a great range of problems, from classic reasoning problems to real-world tasks. Recent research has found that disagreeing parties who engage even in brief discussion often substantially increase the accuracy of their answers. Chen (2019) used a structured discussion method to increase the rate of correct answers from 67% to 98.8%. Schaerkermann (2018) found that discussion among disagreeing workers leads to substantially higher accuracy than non-discussion-based aggregation techniques.
Research is needed to develop effective techniques that would further improve discussions, particularly between people with initially differing answers to complex, real-world problems. The techniques would enable online or in-person groups of people to rapidly make accurate analytic judgments on a wide range of questions, including but not limited to forecasts. The techniques should be easy and natural for busy professionals to use on the job. They should require no formal training or knowledge of logic. The software interface should be self-explanatory.
People with doctorates in these disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply; philosophy, cognitive psychology, informal logic, reasoning, and computer science (particularly AI/ML and human-machine teaming).
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
AI and Machine Learning
Key Words: Reasoning, Informal Logic, Rational Discussion, Expert Disagreement, Expert Elicitation, Human-Computer Interaction, Argumentation, Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence