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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 discovery: Vergauwe, E., Gauffroy, C., Morsanyi, K., Dagry I., & Barrouillet, P. (2013).

Evie Vergauwe, Caroline Gauffroy, Kinga Morsanyi,  Isabelle Dagry and Pierre Barrouillet have discovered that when people think about a conditional such as, ‘if the circle is red then the star is yellow’, they take a long time to judge that … Continue reading

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Monica Bucciarelli, Amelia Gangemi and Walter Schaeken are the guest editors of a special issue of the Journal of Cognitive Psychology (2013, volume 25, issue 2) on ‘Mental models in cognitive change’. In the introductory article to the special issue, … Continue reading

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Latest results: Reverberi, Pischedda, Burigo & Cherubini, 2012

Carlo Reverberi, Doris Pischedda, Michele Burigo, and Paolo Cherubini have discovered that when people are given information such as,  ‘If there is a 3 then there is an 8. There is a 3’ they make the simple modus ponens inference ‘therefore there is an 8’ automatically, without conscious … Continue reading

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Latest results: Orenes & Johnson-Laird 2012

Isabel Orenes and Phil Johnson-Laird have discovered that people do not tend to accept ‘paradoxical’ inferences. Their experiments examined the ‘paradoxes of material implication’ such as the inference ‘Lucia didn’t wear the shoes. Therefore, If Lucia wore jewelry then she … Continue reading

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Latest results: Ferrante, Girotto, Straga & Walsh 2012

Donatella Ferrante, Vittorio Girotto, Marta Stragà, and Clare Walsh have discovered that people focus on different aspects of an event when they imagine the way it could turn out differently in the future, compared to when they imagine the way … Continue reading

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Latest results: Roca, Castro, Bueno, & Moreno-Ríos 2012

Javier Roca, Cándida Castro, Mercedes Bueno and Sergio Moreno-Ríos have discovered that drivers construct different mental models of the events and objects that surround them as they interact with the road environment when they make inferences based on prohibitory traffic … Continue reading

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