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Two modes of thinking: fast vs. slow

Here Rob introduces you to the notion of two modes of reasoning that seem to suggest the existence of two very different kinds of reasoning systems.

Slow reasoning can result in errors too

By now you will have probably realised that the representativeness bias has also been held responsible for the conjunction fallacy – remember Shelia our bank teller? According to some theorists, …

Understanding the quirks

Solutions Question 1 Question 1 is a variant on what has come to be known as the Linda-the-bank-teller problem. To disguise this somewhat (because the actual problem is now quite …

Various quirks of the psycho-logical

Now is time to get more of a feeling for other sorts of thinking puzzles that cognitive psychologists have focused on in attempting to uncover how humans reason. The primary …

The Figural Effect: Part 1

Ok, let’s get to grips with thinking and consider our ability to reason in a rational way. Class Exercise We will begin by considering how people combine different bits of …

The Phonological Similarity effect

This is our first class experiment The experiment provides first-hand experience of collecting data in a classic short-term verbal memory task. The study involves testing memory for lists of six …

Our first cognitive psychology experiment

Here Rob describes in very general terms the experiment we have planned for this week. More details follow in the next step. Next we provide detailed instructions about how to …