Two common (and recent) mistakes about dual process reasoning and cognitive bias

“Dual process” theories of reasoning — which have been around for a long time in social psychology — posit (for the sake of forming and testing hypotheses; positing for any other purpose is obnoxious) that there is an important distinction between two types of mental operations. Very generally, one of these involves largely unconscious, intuitive reasoning […]

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Against Goldilocks “Theorizing” (on Climate Change Risk Perception & Anything Else)

We often are told that “dire news” on climate change provokes dissonance-driven resistance. Yet many commentators who credit  this account also warn us not to raise public hopes by even engaging in research on — much less discussion of — the feasibility of geoengeineering. These analysts worry that any intimation that there’s a technological “fix” for global warming will lull […]

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Industrial Strength Risk Perception Measure

In an earlier post, I presented some data that displayed how public perceptions of risk vary across putative hazards and how perceptions of each of those risks varies between cultural subgroups.     The risk perceptions were measured by asking respondents to indicate on “a scale of 0-10 with 0 being ‘no risk at all’ and 10 meaning ‘extreme risk,’ […]

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