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Causal Models: How People Think about the World and Its Alternatives

Steven Sloman


Human beings are active agents who can think. To understand how thought serves action requires understanding how people conceive of the relation between cause and effect, between action and outcome. This book presents the question, in cognitive terms: how do people construct and reason with the causal models we use to represent our world? A revolution is occurring in how statisticians, philosophers, and computer scientists answer this question. Those fields have ushered in new insights about causal models by thinking about how to represent causal structure mathematically, in a framework that u ... More

Keywords: think, thought, causal Bayesian networks, intuition, causality, causal models, decision making, reasoning, judgment, categorization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183115
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Sloman, author
Brown University