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The inherence heuristic is inherent in humans

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 October 2014

James A. Hampton*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, City University London, London EC1V OHB, United Kingdom. hampton@city.ac.ukhttp://www.staff.city.ac.uk/hampton

Abstract

The inherence heuristic is too broad as a theoretical notion. The authors are at risk of applying their own heuristic in supporting itself. Nonetheless the article provides useful insight into the ways in which people overestimate the coherence and completeness of their understanding of the world.

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