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ERIC Number: EJ776944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
The Role of Mechanism and Covariation Information in Causal Belief Updating
Perales, Jose C.; Catena, Andres; Maldonado, Antonio; Candido, Antonio
Cognition, v105 n3 p704-714 Dec 2007
The present study is aimed at identifying how prior causal beliefs and covariation information contribute to belief updating when evidence, either compatible or contradictory with those beliefs, is provided. Participants were presented with a cover story with which it was intended to activate or generate a causal belief. Variables related to the prior belief (the type of information, the strength of the cause-effect causal link, and how confident the participant was that the link existed) were assessed. Subsequently, participants were presented with covariational information and were asked to update their beliefs in light of the new evidence. Information reliability, prior belief's causal influence magnitude, and the cause-effect level of contingency portrayed by the new information--but not the type of the prior belief--are shown to directly determine belief updating.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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