Latest results: Brambilla, Sacchi, Rusconi, Cherubini & Yzerbyt 2012

Marco Brambilla, Simona Sacchi, Patrice Rusconi, Paolo Cherubini & Vincent Yzerbyt have found that our impressions of others are based more strongly on information about their morality than on information about their sociability or competence. Their results...

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Set membership talk at the London Reasoning Workshop

I will be talking at the London Reasoning Workshop on my work with Phil and Max Lotstein that concerns new studies and the computational modeling of set membership inferences. The talk is titled, “The psychology of set membership”, and...

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‘The probabilities of unique events’ now out in PLOS ONE

Our paper describing a new theory of how people estimate the probabilities of unique events, e.g., the probability that Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2016, has been published in PLOS ONE.

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Phil to talk at the London Reasoning Workshop

Phil will give a talk at the London Reasoning Workshop (organized annually by Mike Oaksford) on recent research with Monica Bucciarelli, Robert Mackiewicz, and Sunny Khemlani on mental simulation. His talk is titled, “Simulation in thinking”, and the...

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New homepage design

I just refreshed the new homepage to use the same theme that I use on my personal site. It’s based on Andre Gagnon’s Aware theme. One of the things I like about the theme is that its...

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Latest results: Wolf, Rieger & Knauff 2012

Ann Wolf, Susann Rieger and Markus Knauff have found that people’s belief in a conditional such as ‘if Chris goes to work then he will take the car’ dropped when it was uttered by an individual with...

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Latest discovery: Gómez-Veiga, I., García-Madruga, J. A., & Moreno-Ríos, S. 2012

Isabel Gómez-Veiga, Juan García-Madruga, and Sergio Moreno-Ríos have shown that people think about more possibilities when they understand conditionals based on ‘unless’ compared to conditionals based on ‘if’. Their results are published in the  Journal of Cognitive...

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Latest results: Khemlani, S. & Johnson-Laird, P.N. (2012)

Sunny Khemlani, & Phil Johnson-Laird discuss the evidence to support existing theories of syllogisms in their paper ‘Theories of the syllogism: a meta-analysis’ published in 2012 in Psychological Bulletin (138,  3, 427–457). Their abstract summarizes their results:...

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Latest discovery: Egan & Byrne 2012

Suzanne Egan and Ruth Byrne have found that people interpret counterfactual threats e.g., ‘if you had hit your brother I would have grounded you’  as threatening for the future, whereas they do not interpret counterfactual promises, e.g.,...

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,000 views in 2012. If every person...

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