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ERIC Number: EJ1057435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
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ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Explaining the Alluring Influence of Neuroscience Information on Scientific Reasoning
Rhodes, Rebecca E.; Rodriguez, Fernando; Shah, Priti
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v40 n5 p1432-1440 Sep 2014
Previous studies have investigated the influence of neuroscience information or images on ratings of scientific evidence quality but have yielded mixed results. We examined the influence of neuroscience information on evaluations of flawed scientific studies after taking into account individual differences in scientific reasoning skills, thinking dispositions, and prior beliefs about a claim. We found that neuroscience information, even though irrelevant, made people believe they had a better understanding of the mechanism underlying a behavioral phenomenon. Neuroscience information had a smaller effect on ratings of article quality and scientist quality. Our study suggests that neuroscience information may provide an illusion of explanatory depth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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