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Rationality and the Reflective Mind

Keith Stanovich


This book attempts to resolve the Great Rationality Debate in cognitive science—the debate about how much irrationality to ascribe to human cognition. It shows how the insights of dual-process theory and evolutionary psychology can be combined to explain why humans are sometimes irrational even though they possess remarkably adaptive cognitive machinery. The book argues that to characterize fully differences in rational thinking, we need to replace dual-process theories with tripartite models of cognition. Using a unique individual differences approach, it shows that the traditional second sys ... More

Keywords: Great Rationality Debate, human cognition, dual-process theory, evolutionary psychology, rational thinking, System 2, tripartite model, IQ tests, thinking processes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195341140
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Stanovich, author