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Asking the right questions about the psychology of human inquiry: Nine open challenges

Coenen, Anna, Nelson, Jonathan and Gureckis, Todd M (2018) Asking the right questions about the psychology of human inquiry: Nine open challenges Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

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The ability to act on the world with the goal of gaining information is core to human adaptability and intelligence. Perhaps the most successful and influential account of such abilities is the Optimal Experiment Design (OED) hypothesis, which argues that humans intuitively perform experiments on the world similar to the way an effective scientist plans an experiment. The widespread application of this theory within many areas of psychology calls for a critical evaluation of the theory’s core claims. Despite many successes, we argue that the OED hypothesis remains lacking as a theory of human inquiry and that research in the area often fails to confront some of the most interesting and important questions. In this critical review, we raise and discuss nine open questions about the psychology of human inquiry.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Coenen, Anna
Gureckis, Todd M
Date : 4 June 2018
DOI : 10.3758/s13423-018-1470-5
Copyright Disclaimer : This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. The final authenticated version is available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords : inquiry; information search; information gain; optimal experiment design; active learning; question asking
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 21 Sep 2018 16:04
Last Modified : 04 Jun 2019 02:08

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