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Inductive Reasoning
Experimental, Developmental, and Computational Approaches

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Aidan Feeney, Evan Heit, Brett K. Hayes, Douglas L. Medin, Sandra Waxman, Bob Rehder, Patrick Shafto, John D. Coley, Anna Vitkin, Sergey Blok, Daniel Osherson, Joshua Tenenbaum, Charles Spence, Gregory L. Murphy, Brian H. Ross, Paul Thagard, Lance Rips, Jennifer Asmuth, Mike Oaksford, Ulrike Hahn, Steven Sloman
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  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521672443

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  • Inductive reasoning is everyday, intuitive reasoning; it contrasts with deductive or logical reasoning. Inductive reasoning is much more prevalent than deductive reasoning, yet there has been much less research on inductive reasoning. Using contributions from the leading researchers in the field, the interdisciplinary approach of this book is relevant to those interested in psychology (including cognitive and developmental psychology), decision-making, philosophy, computer science, and education.

    • Includes articles from leading researchers in this area
    • Crosses over to other areas such as deductive reasoning, decision making, computational modeling
    • Includes an integrative concluding chapter
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    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521672443
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 151 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.504kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Aidan Feeney and Evan Heit
    1. What is induction and why study it? Evan Heit
    2. The development of inductive reasoning Brett K. Hayes
    3. Interpreting asymmetries of projection in children's inductive reasoning Douglas Medin and Sandra Waxman
    4. Property generalization as causal reasoning Bob Rehder
    5. Availability in category-based induction Patrick Shafto, John Coley and Anna Vitkin
    6. From similarity to chance Sergey Blok, Daniel Osherson and Douglas Medin
    7. Theory-based Bayesian models of inductive reasoning Joshua Tenenbaum, Charles Spence and Patrick Shafto
    8. Use of single or multiple categories in category-based induction Gregory Murphy and Brian Ross
    9. Abductive inference: From philosophical analysis to neutral mechanisms Paul Thagard
    10. Mathematical induction and induction in mathematics Lance Rips and Jennifer Asmuth
    11. Induction, deduction, and argument strength in human reasoning and argumentation Mike Oaksford and Ulrike Hahn
    12. Individual differences, dual processes, and induction Aidan Feeney
    13. Taxonomising induction Steve Sloman.

  • Editors

    Aidan Feeney, University of Durham
    Aidan Feeney is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Durham University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin in 1992 and completed his Ph.D. in the Centre for Thinking and Language at the University of Plymouth. He was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Durham University in 1998 where he became Senior Lecturer in 2005. Dr Feeney's research has been supported by a number of grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK). He has published approximately twenty journal articles, book chapters, and papers on the psychology of hypothesis testing and reasoning. He has published articles in Thinking and Reasoning, Memory and Cognition, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, British Journal of Psychology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Applied Cognitive Psychology.

    Evan Heit, University of California, Merced
    Evan Heit is currently Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, and Founding Faculty, at the University of California, Merced. Previously, Professor Heit was on the faculty in the Psychology Department of the University of Warwick, UK. He has undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He also carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. Professor Heit has published more than fifty papers on the psychology of reasoning, memory, and categorization. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK). He is currently on the editorial board of Memory and Cognition and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Memory and Language.


    Aidan Feeney, Evan Heit, Brett K. Hayes, Douglas L. Medin, Sandra Waxman, Bob Rehder, Patrick Shafto, John D. Coley, Anna Vitkin, Sergey Blok, Daniel Osherson, Joshua Tenenbaum, Charles Spence, Gregory L. Murphy, Brian H. Ross, Paul Thagard, Lance Rips, Jennifer Asmuth, Mike Oaksford, Ulrike Hahn, Steven Sloman

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