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What must a psychological theory of reasoning explain? Comment on Barrouillet, Gauffroy, and Lecas


Oberauer, Klaus; Oaksford, M (2008). What must a psychological theory of reasoning explain? Comment on Barrouillet, Gauffroy, and Lecas. Psychological Review, 115(3):773-778.

Abstract

In this comment, it is argued that the modification of mental models theory of conditional inference proposed by P. Barrouillet, C. Gauffroy, and J.-F. Lecas (2008) to deal with truth value gaps merely patches up a problem in the theory, rather than accomplishing the fundamental and systematic revision that is necessary. It is argued that P. Barrouillet et al.'s modified mental model theory fails to meet the criteria of good theory of reasoning by invoking an algorithmic-level distinction to resolve a failing in the computational-level theory of the task.

Abstract

In this comment, it is argued that the modification of mental models theory of conditional inference proposed by P. Barrouillet, C. Gauffroy, and J.-F. Lecas (2008) to deal with truth value gaps merely patches up a problem in the theory, rather than accomplishing the fundamental and systematic revision that is necessary. It is argued that P. Barrouillet et al.'s modified mental model theory fails to meet the criteria of good theory of reasoning by invoking an algorithmic-level distinction to resolve a failing in the computational-level theory of the task.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2008
Deposited On:07 Jul 2014 14:18
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:57
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0033-295X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-295X.115.3.773

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