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Associations and structure: How knowledge drives reasoning

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Abstract: When we reason inductively, we decide what is likely given what we already know about the world. In this talk I will describe an account of how associative and structured knowledge drive category-based inductive reasoning, and present results from experimental, individual differences and mouse tracking studies that confirm predictions derived from the account.

Bio: Aidan Feeney graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Psychology and completed a PhD in the Centre for Thinking and Language at the University of Plymouth supervised by Jonathan Evans. After 11 years in the Department of Psychology at Durham he moved to Queen’s University Belfast in 2009 where he carries out research on how children and adults reason about categories, how regret relates to decision making, and how best to advise people with problem debts.

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