Intractability and the use of heuristics in psychological explanations

Synthese 187 (2):471-487 (2012)
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Abstract

Many cognitive scientists, having discovered that some computational-level characterization f of a cognitive capacity φ is intractable, invoke heuristics as algorithmic-level explanations of how cognizers compute f. We argue that such explanations are actually dysfunctional, and rebut five possible objections. We then propose computational-level theory revision as a principled and workable alternative.

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Cory Wright
California State University, Long Beach
Iris van Rooij
Radboud University Nijmegen

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