Wertheim and Ragni’s meta-analysis of neurocognitive mechanisms of reasoning

Julia Wertheim and Marco Ragni recently published a new meta-analysis of the neurocognitive correlates of syllogistic and conditional reasoning in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Here’s their abstract: Inferring knowledge is a core aspect of human cognition. We can...

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Bucciarelli and commenters discuss reasoning in the Italian Journal of Psychology

Monica Bucciarelli recently published a target article in the Giornale Italiano di Psicologia (the Italian Journal of Psychology) and many commenters were invited to respond. Her target article is titled “Imparare a ragionare… e continuare a farlo”...

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Researchers at Ecole Normale Supérieure investigate new fallacies with “might”

Salvador Mascarenhas and Léo Picat recently published a proceedings paper in Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT 29) in which they examined the functional properties of the word “might”, as in “It might be raining.” They present evidence...

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‘If’, ‘or’, and the possibilities they refer to: A new paper in JEP:LMC

Ruth Byrne and Phil Johnson-Laird published a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition that describes studies on the real and counterfactual possibilities that if and or refer to. The paper’s abstract is here: The theory of...

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New chapter by García-Madruga et al. on deductive reasoning and executive function

Juan García-Madruga and colleagues recently published a chapter in the compendium Inhibitory Control Training: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The chapter explores on attention, executive function, and their interplay in maintaining and accessing mental models. The abstract is available here:...

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Wang and Thompson explore meta-cognitive judgments and models

Selina Wang and Valerie Thompson recently published a paper in Psychological Topics that explored how the number of models a particular syllogism yields can affect meta-cognitive judgments such as people’s answer fluency and their feelings-of-rightness (FOR). They conclude...

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How knowledge makes disjunctions “analytically” true or false

Cristina Quelhas, Célia Rasga, and Phil Johnson-Laird published a paper in Cognitive Science on what makes disjunctions, such as A or B or both, analytically true or false. For instance, this disjunction is true: “Either the food...

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Paper addresses the language acquisition process from the mental models theory

The paper is written by Miguel López-Astorga and published in the journal Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación. This is its abstract: According to Hornstein, generative grammar needs to give an account of the fact that...

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Byrne gave keynote on counterfactuals at IJCAI-19’s Workshop on Explainable AI

Ruth Byrne gave a keynote talk, titled “Constraints on Counterfactuals”, at the Workshop on Explainable AI at this year’s International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2019) in Macao.

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Ragni’s course at the South-East Asian Summer School on Computational Logic in Ulaanbaatar

Marco Ragni gave a series of lectures at the 9th South-East Asian Summer School on Computational Logic in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on the topic of “Cognitive Computational Models of Human Thinking and Reasoning.” The abstract for his course...

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