The use of dispositional cues to causality in judgments of mechanical and living interactions

Schneider, Julia; Abbaspour, Sufi; Cacchione, Trix (11 August 2016). The use of dispositional cues to causality in judgments of mechanical and living interactions (Unpublished). In: COGSCI 2016, 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Recognizing and Representing Events. Philadelphia, PA. 10.08.-13.08.2016.

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White (2013) stated that dispositional causal thinking derives from experiences of acting on objects aquired early in life. He made evident that, under uncertainty, particular cues in an interaction between an agent and a patient (e.g., two entities, agent focuses on patient, contact, effect in patient) guide people's perception of causality. This study systematically examines the predictive strength of eight causal cues worked out by White (2013) and aims at comparing people's reliance on these cues in the physical and the biological domain.
Children (7-year-old) and adults judged a prototype (mechanical collision event or stinging event) and another nine prototype related events, with systematically omitted cues.
A general linear mixed models analysis revealed a significant effect for the number of cues in an event. Both age groups rely on singular causal cues when interpreting physical and biological events. Moreover, the disposition of causality appears to harden with increasing age.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Schneider, Julia, Abbaspour Chinjani, Sufi, Cacchione, Beatrix


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology






Julia Schneider

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12 Jun 2018 10:49

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05 Dec 2022 15:07




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