The cognitive-ecological approach to rationality in social psychology

Fiedler, Klaus and Wänke, Michaela. (2009) The cognitive-ecological approach to rationality in social psychology. Social cognition, Vol. 27, H. 5. pp. 699-732.

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The entire discipline of social cognition has been greatly influenced by the heuristics-and-biases research program, which was traditionally based oil an internal attribution of bounded rationality to the individual's motives and resource limitations. The cognitive-ecological approach challenges this fundamental attribution bias in the researchers' mind, offering alternative accounts for a long list of allegedly cognitive biases and shortcomings in terms of external, environmental sampling biases. In addition to suggesting reattributions for old findings, the cognitive-ecological approach has inspired the discovery of novel phenomena, such as interactive sampling schemes, communication biases, multi-level problems, and ecological properties that constrain the input to cognitive processes. While this reattribution offers excuses for the mind's apparent biases, it also entails an accusation for the meta-cognitive myopia that prevents the mind from understanding the pitfalls of the information environment. Thus, rather than taking either a cynically pessimistic or a naively optimistic side in the rationality debate, the cognitive-ecological approach emphasizes the fascinating interactions of cognitive and ecological constraints of information processing.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Sozial- und Wirtschaftspsychologie (Wänke)
UniBasel Contributors:Wänke, Michaela
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Guildford Press
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:24
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