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In Two Minds: Dual Processes and Beyond

Evans, Jonathan and Frankish, Keith eds. (2009). In Two Minds: Dual Processes and Beyond. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

- Presents an interdisciplinary exploration of dual-process theories, drawing together work from cognitive and social psychology, as well as philosophy
- Written and edited by leading figures from across the cognitive sciences
- Encourages a dialogue between psychologists and philosophers about dual process theories that has hitherto been missing
- A state-of-the-art review of a hot topic in the cognitive sciences
This book explores the idea that we have two minds - automatic, unconscious, and fast, the other controlled, conscious, and slow. In recent years there has been great interest in so-called dual-process theories of reasoning and rationality. According to such theories, there are two distinct systems underlying human reasoning - an evolutionarily old system that is associative, automatic, unconscious, parallel, and fast, and a more recent, distinctively human system that is rule-based, controlled, conscious, serial, and slow. Within the former, processes the former, processes are held to be innate and to use heuristics that evolved to solve specific adaptive problems. In the latter, processes are taken to be learned, flexible, and responsive to rational norms.

Despite the attention these theories are attracting, there is still poor communication between dual-process theorists themselves, and the substantial bodies of work on dual processes in cognitive psychology and social psychology remain isolated from each other. This book brings together leading researchers on dual processes to summarize the state-of-the-art, highlight key issues, present different perspectives, explore implications, and provide a stimulus to further work.
It includes new ideas about the human mind both by contemporary philosophers interested in broad theoretical questions about mental architecture and by psychologists specialising in traditionally distinct and isolated fields. For all those in the cognitive sciences, this is a book that will advance dual-process theorizing, promote interdisciplinary communication, and encourage further applications of dual-process approaches.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2009 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-923016-1, 978-0-19-923016-7
Extra Information: Oxford Cognitive Science Series
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Philosophy
Item ID: 22096
Depositing User: Jean Fone
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2010 14:22
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/22096
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