I haven't found anything that speaks directly to this question, but here is the account Simon (1990) p9 provides of satisficing
If the task domain has little structure or the structure is unknown to us, we apply so-called "weak methods," which experience has shown to be useful in many domains, but which may still require us to search a good deal. One weak method is satisficing--using experience to construct an expectation of how good a solution we might reasonably achieve, and halting search as soon as a solution is reached that meets the expectation.
Simon, H. A. (1990). Invariants of human behavior. Annual review of psychology, 41(1), 1-20.