School of Psychology

Knowledge Retrieval During Scientific Reasoning

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 15:00 to 16:00


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I will describe two series of experiments that used a mouse  tracking paradigm to study the time course of knowledge activation during scientific reasoning.

  • The first set of results suggests that associative information and scientific knowledge can come into conflict during scientific reasoning, leading to delayed knowledge retrieval.
  • The second set of results suggests that recent arguments applying dual process theory to scientific explanation may be incorrect.

Taken together, these experiments reveal the time course of scientific knowledge retrieval and suggest a need for greater precision in claims  about the mental representation of scientific knowledge.

Dr Aidan Feeney
Queen's University Belfast

Aidan Feeney completed a PhD in the Centre for Thinking and Language at the University of Plymouth and subsequently moved to Durham University. He is currently works in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast. He has broad research interests primarily in the psychology of thinking and emotions related to thinking.

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