Editing outliers and distorting data: The role of variability in human contingency judgements

Tangen, J. M. (2007). Editing outliers and distorting data: The role of variability in human contingency judgements. In: 48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California, USA, (). 15-18 November 2007.

Author Tangen, J. M.
Title of paper Editing outliers and distorting data: The role of variability in human contingency judgements
Conference name 48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
Conference location Long Beach, California, USA
Conference dates 15-18 November 2007
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Other
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Detecting and evaluating relations among events is a fundamental component of cognition and is entirely pervasive, arising in everyday activities as well as complex decision making. In assessing relationships, people with different prior theories do not regard evidence in the same way, and over- or underweight particular instances to fit their assumptions. A substantial body of work in social cognition has examined our tendency to distort observed relations in the direction of our prior assumptions. However, the absence of variability in the materials used in 40 years of causal and contingency learning research has prevented any sort of investigation of this topic. I will discuss the introduction of variability to human contingency judgments and the psychological processes involved in distorting perceived relationships to coincide with our prior assumptions.
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Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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Created: Wed, 17 Nov 2010, 15:10:37 EST by Dr Jason Tangen on behalf of School of Psychology