Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary

Situational constraints on normative reasoning


Earl Hunt a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1525 ehunt@u.washington.edu

Abstract

Stanovich & West claim that the positive correlation between reasoning tasks negates the view that errors in reasoning are due to failures in information processing. This is not correct. They conjecture that errors in reasoning are associated with conflicts between intentional and associative reasoning. This interesting proposition suggests studies relating situational characteristics to the quality of human reasoning.