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    Infant contributions to joint attention predict vocabulary development

    Harris, A.J.L. and Shah, P. and Catmur, C. and Bird, Geoffrey and Hahn, Ulrike (2013) Infant contributions to joint attention predict vocabulary development. In: Knauff, M. and Pauen, M. and Sebanz, N. and Wachsmuth, I. (eds.) Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin. Texas, USA: Cognitive Science Society, pp. 3384-3389. ISBN 9780976831891.

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    The conclusion that people are optimistic concerning personal risk does not have a sound evidential basis. Following Harris and Hahn’s (2011) critique of unrealistic optimism research, we consider the evidence from a recent series of high profile neuroscience papers. We demonstrate that the methods used are fundamentally flawed. A simulation and an empirical comparison of autism spectrum condition participants with typical adults confirm that we have learnt nothing about optimism from these studies.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): optimism, human rationality, belief updating, statistical artifact
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 11:13
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:17


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