How smart do you need to be to get it wrong? The role of cognitive capacity in the development of heuristic-based judgment

Kinga Morsanyi*, Simon J. Handley

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We examined the relationship between cognitive capacity and heuristic responding on four types of reasoning and decision-making tasks. A total of 84 children, between 5 years 2 months and 11 years 7 months of age, participated in the study. There was a marked increase in heuristic responding with age that was related to increases in cognitive capacity. These findings are inconsistent with the predominant dual-process accounts of reasoning and decision making as applied to development. We offer an alternative explanation of the findings, considering them in the context of recent claims concerning the role of working memory in contextualized reasoning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-36
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
Volume99
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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