The rationality debate: Look to ontogeny before phylogeny

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (5):698-698 (2000)
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Subjects have a rich history of decision making which would be expected to affect reasoning in new tasks. For example, averaging, a strategy that is effectively used in many decisions, may help explain the conjunction fallacy. Before resorting to accounts based on phylogeny, more parsimonious accounts in terms of ontogeny should be explored.



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