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Introspection and interpretation: Dichotomy or continuum?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 April 2009

Richard E. Petty
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210petty.1@osu.eduwww.psy.ohio-state.edu/petty
Pablo Briñol
Affiliation:
Departamento de Psicologia Social, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain. pablo.brinol@uam.eswww.psy.ohio-state.edu/gap/Pablo/pablo.htm

Abstract

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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