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Reversing figure and ground in the rationality debate: An evolutionary perspective

  • W. Todd DeKay (a1), Martie G. Haselton (a2) and Lee A. Kirkpatrick (a3)
    • Published online: 09 April 2001

A broad evolutionary perspective is essential to fully reverse figure and ground in the rationality debate. Humans' evolved psychological architecture was designed to produce inferences that were adaptive, not normatively logical. This perspective points to several predictable sources of errors in modern laboratory reasoning tasks, including inherent, systematic biases in information-processing systems explained by Error Management Theory.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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