Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

There is no evidentiary silver bullet for the frequency adaptation hypothesis

Gary L. Brase a1
a1 Division of Psychology, Sunderland Business School, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, SR6 0DD United Kingdom


Special design criteria are largely unable to discriminate between claims that specific competencies in judgements under uncertainty are a result of an adaptation for representing naturally sampled frequencies, or due only to inherent properties of such a format. Because divisions between these perspectives are thin, evidence via additional criteria are persuasive only in combination, using inference to the best available explanation.