What influences when and how well we reason? Testing accounts of the ability to reason well.

Bates, T. (Member)

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Abstract: Rationality is arguably our most human trait: For instance, we fear losing our mind more than any other aspect of ageing. Mens-rea defines legal culpability. Explanations for the causes and consequences of good (and poor) reasoning range from biological, to purely mental “growth” mindsets as well as to purely social "collective intelligence”. Along-side these very different accounts of peak reasoning ability, others have focussed on when we use effortful reasoning versus intuitive, effortless, responding. This talk will introduce these theories of human reasoning, highlighting the strengths of both intuitive stereotypical responding and effortful reasoning. I will present new results testing mindset and collective models of reasoning, and a new account of what influences whether we typically adopt effortful reasoning or effortless responding. Biosketch: Dr Timothy Bates is Professor of Individual Differences at the University of Edinburgh. He is president of the International Society for Intelligence Research, and conducts work on the development of human ability and personality, using genetics as well as experimental studies. He has over 150 publications in these areas.
Period7 Dec 2016
Event titleBonn University Dies Academicus
Event typeSeminar
LocationBonn, Germany