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Contemporary Thought on the Environmental Cues that Affect Causal Attribution

Michael Young

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition

Second edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392661
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195392661.013.0009

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Contemporary Thought on the Environmental Cues that Affect Causal Attribution

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This chapter aims to identify the environmental cues that an organism may use to infer that a causal relationship is present. It begins with a consideration of experiments involving punctate events, then presents three frameworks used in the psychology of causality: Bayesian, associative, and perceptual approaches. It examines the utility of traditional cues of causality for studies involving dynamic object interactions, and then considers how the relative importance of these cues might be altered by environmental complexity. The chapter closes with a discussion of the theoretical and empirical challenges of attempts to extend the established framework to these new domains.

Keywords: causal relations; punctate events; dynamic object interactions; causality cues; environmental cues

Article.  11263 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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