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


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.