A Generalization Test of Conjunction Errors in Physical Reasoning
- Ethan Ludwin-Peery, New York University, New York, New York, United States
- Neil Bramley, Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
- Ernest Davis, Dept. of Computer Science, New York University, New York, New York, United States
- Todd Gureckis, New York University, New York, New York, United States
AbstractLudwin-Peery, Bramley, Davis, and Gureckis (2019) reported finding evidence of conjunction fallacy errors in an intuitive physics reasoning task. However, this finding was limited to a single paradigm involving the behavior of only two objects, interacting in a consistent manner, in a highly regular setting. In this project, we provide an important generalization test of this result, and examine several new paradigms under which conjunction errors might be observed. We find some cases that produce the expected errors, representing an important generalization of the original finding, as well as some paradigms which do not appear to produce conjunction errors.
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