In two minds?: Fast/slow thinking and bias detection

Friday, 2017, February 10 - 12:00
Université Paris Descartes, CNRS


Although it is well established that human reasoning is often biased by fast intuitive heuristics, recent studies on conflict detection during thinking suggest that adult reasoners detect the biased nature of their judgments. Despite their illogical response, adults seem to demonstrate a remarkable sensitivity to possible conflict between their initial heuristic judgment and logical or probabilistic norms. In this talk I review the core findings and point to key implications for the popular dual system framework of human thinking.


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Bago, B., & De Neys, W. (2017). Fast logic?: Examining the time course assumption of dual process theory. Cognition, 158, 90-109 (pdf)