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    Deontic reasoning with emotional content: evolutionary psychology or decision theory?

    Perham, N. and Oaksford, Michael (2005) Deontic reasoning with emotional content: evolutionary psychology or decision theory? Cognitive Science 29 (5), pp. 681-718. ISSN 0364-0213.

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    Abstract

    Three experiments investigated the contrasting predictions of the evolutionary and decision-theoretic approaches to deontic reasoning. Two experiments embedded a hazard management (HM) rule in a social contract scenario that should lead to competition between innate modules. A 3rd experiment used a pure HM task. Threatening material was also introduced into the antecedent, p, of a deontic rule, if p then must q. According to the evolutionary approach, more HM responses (Cosmides & Tooby, 2000) are predicted when p is threatening, whereas decision theory predicts fewer. All 3 experiments were consistent with decision theory. Other theories are discussed, and it is concluded that they cannot account for the behavior observed in these experiments.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 13:29
    Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 13:29
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16124

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