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Published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32:1 (2009), pp. 103-104; doi: 10.1017/S0140525X09000491. Copyright 2009 Cambridge University Press. Used by permission.


Commentary on Oaksford & Chater, Precis of Bayesian Rationality

Oaksford & Chater draw a rather static picture of human reasoning by focusing on typical patterns of responses from adults. We propose a more dynamic perspective, which considers that reasoning systematically varies within individuals over the lifespan (Howe & Rabinowitz 1996; Markovits & Barrouillet 2002) and between individuals with different levels of knowledge and expertise (Ericsson et al. 2006).

The original articles, the full set of commentaries, and the authors' response are attached (below) as an "Additional file."

Stevens BBS 2009 whole exchange.pdf (5776 kB)
Oaksford & Chater + Commentaries