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Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Editor-in-Chief: Gregory Hickok

ISSN: 1069-9384 (print version)
ISSN: 1531-5320 (electronic version)

Journal no. 13423

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Special Virtual Issue

Guest Edited by: Andrei Cimpian, New York University, and Frank Keil, Yale University

The present special issue of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review begins to tackle the complexity of the processes of explanation. Explanations are crucial to our cognitive lives because they inform our understanding of the world, structure our concepts, and guide our actions. The articles listed below provide new, often surprising, insights into the processes involved in generating, evaluating, and using explanations. As a result, this collection of papers is a state-of-the-art tool for any scholar interested in understanding or studying explanation. With its diversity of perspectives and approaches, this special issue makes a unique contribution to the psychology of explanation. Research in this issue should inspire curiosity among a broad spectrum of scientists and spark a new wave of research on this foundational, but still underexplored, cognitive ability.


Causal learning is collaborative: Examining explanation and exploration in social contexts
Cristine Legare
The Metaphor Police: A Case Study of the Role of Metaphor in Explanation
Paul Thibodeau
Contextual Utility Affects the Perceived Quality of Explanations
Nadya Vasilyeva
Evaluating Everyday Explanations
Jeffrey Zemla
Idealization in Everyday Explanation
Christos Bechlivanidis
Children’s Success at Detecting Circular Explanations and their Interest in Future Learning
Candice Mills
Generating Explanations as a Learning Technique: Constraints on When Self-Explanation Aids Learning
Bethany Rittle-Johnson
Watching Diagnoses Develop: Eye Movements Reveal Symptom Processing during Diagnostic Reasoning
Agnes Scholz
Theory-Based Explanation as Intervention
Kara Weisman
A Contrastive Account of Explanation Generation
Seth Chin-Parker
Mechanisms of Eyewitness Suggestibility: Tests of the Explanatory Role Hypothesi
Eric Rindal
Explanation can cause forgetting: Memory dynamics in the generation of new arguments
Benjamin Storm
Effects of explaining on children's preference for simplicity
Caren Walker
Generating Explanations via Analogical Comparison
Christian Hoyos
Wondering how: Children’s and adults’ explanations for mundane, improbable and impossible events
Jacqueline Woolley
The explanatory structure of unexplainable events: Causal Constraints on Magical Reasoning
Andrew Shtulman
Why did I do that? Explaining Actions Activated Outside of Awareness
Ana Gantman
The scope of formal explanation
Sandeep Prasada
Explanation-Based Learning in Infancy
Renee Baillargeon

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