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The dynamics of development: Challenges for Bayesian rationality

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 February 2009

Nils Straubinger
Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, 14195, Germany.
Edward T. Cokely
Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, 14195, Germany.
Jeffrey R. Stevens
Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, 14195, Germany.


Oaksford & Chater (O&C) focus on patterns of typical adult reasoning from a probabilistic perspective. We discuss implications of extending the probabilistic approach to lifespan development, considering the role of working memory, strategy use, and expertise. Explaining variations in human reasoning poses a challenge to Bayesian rational analysis, as it requires integrating knowledge about cognitive processes.

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