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Introspection and interpretation: Dichotomy or continuum?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 April 2009

Richard E. Petty
Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Pablo Briñol
Departamento de Psicologia Social, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain.


Judgments vary in the extent to which they are based on interpretation versus relatively direct access to mental contents. That is, a judgment might require a trivial amount of interpretation (e.g., translating one's immediately accessible “inner speech”) or a rather substantial amount of confabulation. Recognizing this continuum of interpretation underlying judgment could be more fruitful than debating a categorical introspection versus interpretation distinction.

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