Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Understanding/acceptance and adaptation: Is the non-normative thinking mode adaptive?

Jerwen Jou a1
a1 Department of Psychology and Anthroplogy, University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999


The finding of a correlation between normative responses to judgment and reasoning questions and cognitive capacity measures (SAT score) suggests that the cause of the non-normative responses is computational in nature. This actually is consistent with the rational competence view. The implications of this finding for the adaptation view of cognition are discussed.