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    Exploring the relation between people’s theories of intelligence and beliefs about brain development.Ashley J. Thomas & Barbara W. Sarnecka - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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    Rationalization may improve predictability rather than accuracy.P. Kyle Stanford, Ashley J. Thomas & Barbara W. Sarnecka - 2020 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43.
    We present a theoretical and an empirical challenge to Cushman's claim that rationalization is adaptive because it allows humans to extract more accurate beliefs from our non-rational motivations for behavior. Rationalization sometimes generates more adaptive decisions by making our beliefs about the world less accurate. We suggest that the most important adaptive advantage of rationalization is instead that it increases our predictability as potential partners in cooperative social interactions.
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    Advantages and limitations of representing groups in terms of recursive utilities.Setayesh Radkani, Ashley J. Thomas & Rebecca Saxe - 2022 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45.
    Group representations based on recursive utilities can be used to derive the same predictions as Pietraszewski in conflict situations. Additionally, these representations generalize to non-conflict situations, asymmetric relationships, and represent the stakes in a conflict. However, both proposals fail to represent asymmetries of power and responsibility and to account for generalizations from specific observed individuals to collections of non-observed individuals.
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    Non-instrumental actions can communicate roles and relationships, not just rituals.Ashley J. Thomas, Setayesh Radkani & Michelle S. Hung - 2022 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45:e269.
    Actions that do not have instrumental goals can communicate social goals that are not rituals. Many non-instrumental actions such as bowing or kissing communicate a commitment to or roles in dyadic relationships. What is unclear is when people understand such actions in terms of ritual and when they understand them in terms of relationships.
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