Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Base-rate respect meets affect neglect

Paul Whitneya1, John M. Hinsona1 and Allison L. Matthewsa1

a1 Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4820.


While improving the theoretical account of base-rate neglect, Barbey & Sloman's (B&S's) target article suffers from affect neglect by failing to consider the fundamental role of emotional processes in “real world” decisions. We illustrate how affective influences are fundamental to decision making, and discuss how the dual process model can be a useful framework for understanding hot and cold cognition in reasoning.

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