Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

The world looks small when you only look through a telescope: The need for a broad and developmental study of reasoning

Darcia Narvaeza1

a1 Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. dnarvaez@nd.edu http://www.nd.edu/~dnarvaez

Abstract

If the target article represents the summary findings of the field, reasoning research is deeply flawed. The vision is too narrow and seems to fall into biological determinism. Humans use reasoning in effective ways apparently not studied by researchers, such as reasoning for action. Moreover, as the brain develops through adulthood and from experience so do reasoning capabilities.

(Online publication March 29 2011)

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