Spontaneous inferences provide intuitive beliefs on which reasoning proper depends

James S. Uleman, Laura M. Kressel, Soyon Rim

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Spontaneous inferences are unconscious, automatic, and apparently ubiquitous. Research has documented their variety (particularly in the social domain) and impact on memory and judgment. They are good candidates for Mercier and Sperber's (M&S's) intuitive beliefs. Forming spontaneous inferences is highly context sensitive, varying with the perceiver's conscious and unconscious goals, and implicit and explicit theories about the domain in question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-91
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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