from month 05/2011

Theology and cognitive science

In the next academic year, I will be a research follow at the University of Oxford on a project that examines the implications of cognitive science of religion for theology (see here for a summary of the project).The Holy Trinity by Masaccio, 1425Traditionally, cognitive scientists have ...

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The cost of collaboration

The cost of collaboration: Why joint decision-making exacerbates rejection of outside information (article here)Julia Minson and Jennifer MuellerExisting research asserts that specific group characteristics cause members to disregard outside information which leads to diminished performan...

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Do people ever engage in “magical thinking” ?

Would you enjoy your cocktail less, if it came in a glass labelled “vomit”?One solid result of cognitive psychology, or so it would seem, is that most people, regardless of education, opinion or personality, can be induced to think in magical terms given the appropriate stimuli and ...

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New issue of the Journal of Cognition and Culture

A new and excellent issue (11, 1-2) of the Journal of Cognition and Culture. For the Table of Contents,  Cross-Cultural Preferences in Spatial Reasoning Authors: Knauff, Markus; Ragni, MarcoMemory, Mystery and Coherence: Does the Presence of 2-3 Counterintuitive Concepts Predict ...

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Exploiting the wisdom of others

Exploiting the wisdom of others: A bumpy road to better decision making (article here).Ilan Yaniv and Shoham Choshen-HillelWhile decision makers often consult other people’s opinions to improve their decisions, they fail to do so optimally. One main obstacle to incorporating others&...

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