Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Bayes plus environment

Craig R. M. McKenziea1

a1 Rady School of Management and Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0553. cmckenzie@ucsd.edu http://psy.ucsd.edu/~mckenzie/

Abstract

Oaksford & Chater's (O&C's) account of deductive reasoning is parsimonious at a local level (because a rational model is used to explain a wide range of behavior) and at a global level (because their Bayesian approach connects to other areas of research). Their emphasis on environmental structure is especially important, and the power of their approach is seen at both the computational and algorithmic levels.

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