Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

The unbearable lightness of “Thinking”: Moving beyond simple concepts of thinking, rationality, and hypothesis testing

Gary L. Brasea1 and James Shanteaua1

a1 Department of Psychology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.


Three correctives can get researchers out of the trap of constructing unitary theories of “thinking”: (1) Strong inference methods largely avoid problems associated with universal prescriptive normativism; (2) theories must recognize that significant modularity of cognitive processes is antithetical to general accounts of thinking; and (3) consideration of the domain-specificity of rationality render many of the present article's issues moot.