Author Archives: Ruth Byrne

Latest discovery: Orenes, Beltrán, & Santamaría, 2014

Isabel Orenes, David Beltran and Carlos Santamaria have discovered that when people are shown an array of figures such as a red, green, yellow and blue figure, and they know the figure can be red or green, and then they … Continue reading

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Latest Discovery: Moreno-Ríos, Rojas-Barahona & García-Madruga

Sergio Moreno-Ríos, Cristian Rojas-Barahona and Juan A. García-Madruga have examined how children and adults reason about diagrams of simple shapes, such as a red triangle, a red circle and a blue circle, that contain indeterminate information. Their findings are published … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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Latest Discovery: Espino & Byrne 2013

Orlando Espino and Ruth Byrne have discovered that people make inferences between conditionals and disjunctions by relying on a heuristic that identifies compatible possibilities. Their paper ‘The compatibility heuristic in non-categorical hypothetical reasoning: Inferences between conditionals and disjunctions’ is published … Continue reading

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Latest news: Knauff 2013

Markus Knauff has published a book ‘Space to Reason: A Spatial Theory of Human Thought’ with MIT press. It is described as follows: “Many scholars believe that visual mental imagery plays a key role in reasoning. In Space to Reason, … Continue reading

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Latest news: Ragni & Knauff 2013

Marco Ragni and Markus Knauff have developed a new computational model of reasoning about spatial relations based on the construction of ‘preferred’ mental models. Their paper ‘A theory and a computational model of spatial reasoning with preferred mental models’ is … Continue reading

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Latest news: The Development of Thinking

Pierre Barrouillet and Caroline Gauffroy have edited a book ‘The Development of Thinking and Reasoning’ (2013, Routledge) which is described as follows: “The first part of the book illustrates how modern approaches to the study of thinking and reasoning have … Continue reading

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