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The Process of Explanation
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November 6-8, 2015   |   Champaign, Illinois, USA

 
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Special Issue
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

The Process of Explanation
Volume 24, Issue 5 (Oct. 2017)

Guest Editors
Andrei Cimpian
New York University

Frank Keil
Yale University

 

Digital Event

Andrei Cimpian
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

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Description
This Psychonomic Society Leading Edge Workshop will bring together a diverse group of scholars with the goal of advancing theory on the psychological mechanisms by which people generate explanations. Explanations are crucial to our cognitive lives because they supply understanding of the world, without which none of the technological and scientific achievements of our species would have been possible. Yet, despite the importance and ubiquity of explanations, contemporary cognitive science has relatively little to tell us about the processes that underlie these judgments: How do people actually come up with explanations? Answering this question is no small feat, however, since a complete specification of these processes requires expertise in multiple areas of cognition: memory search and retrieval, reasoning and problem-solving, causal cognition, cognitive development, and so on. Although the daunting number of cognitive “ingredients” that go into a successful explanation may make it difficult for any individual investigator to make progress on this issue, this complexity provides the perfect motivation for an intensive workshop such as this one. By pooling the expertise of researchers working on the various cognitive components relevant to explanation, this workshop is likely to break new theoretical ground and set the agenda for research on explanation in the years to come. Moreover, because fostering understanding is a core mission of education (especially now, with the recent introduction of the Common Core State Standards), the knowledge created via this workshop will have relevance beyond the scientific community, appealing to parents, teachers, and education policymakers.


Participants

         
Renée
Baillargeon

University of
Illinois

 
 Daniel
Bartels

University of
Chicago 

Jean-
François
Bonnefon

CNRS,
Toulouse

Susan Carey
Harvard
University
 
 Andrei
Cimpian

University of
Illinois
   
 
Gerald
DeJong

University of
Illinois
Michael
Dougherty

University of
Maryland 
Susan
Gelman

University of
Michigan
 
Reid Hastie
University of
Chicago
Thomas
Hills

University of
Warwick 
          
 Frank Keil
Yale
University
David Landy
Indiana
University 
Cristine
Legare

University of
Texas at Austin 
Tania
Lombrozo

University of
California,
Berkeley
 
Sandeep
Prasada

Hunter
College,
CUNY 
         
 Steven
Sloman

Brown
University
Michael
Strevens

New York
University
 
Eric Luis
Uhlmann

INSEAD Asia 
   



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