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Conscious thinking, acceptance, and self-deception

Frankish, Keith (2011). Conscious thinking, acceptance, and self-deception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34(1) pp. 20–21.

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This commentary describes another variety of self-deception, highly relevant to von Hippel & Trivers’s (VH&T’s) project. Drawing on dual-process theories, I propose that conscious thinking is a voluntary activity motivated by metacognitive attitudes, and that our choice of reasoning strategies and premises may be biased by unconscious desires to self-deceive. Such biased reasoning could facilitate interpersonal deception, in line with VH&T’s view.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1469-1825
Extra Information: Open peer commentary on William von Hippel and Robert Trivers, 'The evolution and psychology of self-deception'
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 27793
Depositing User: Keith Frankish
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 15:57
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:59
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