Samuel Johnson

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20132018
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Research Output 2013 2018

2018

Asymmetric use of information about past and future: Toward a narrative theory of forecasting

Johnson, S. G. B. & Tuckett, D. 15 Jul 2018 (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 1883-1888 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

narrative
performance
available information
projection
decision making

Financial alchemists and financial shamans

Johnson, S. G. B. 2018 In : Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 41, e78

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ceremonial Behavior
Shamanism
Anthropology
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
Economics

Optimality bias in moral judgment

De Freitas, J. & Johnson, S. G. B. 2 Aug 2018 In : Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 79, p. 149-163 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
moral judgement
Malpractice
Cognition
trend
mediation

Preferences for explanation generality develop early in biology but not physics

Johnston, A. M., Sheskin, M., Johnson, S. G. B. & Keil, F. C. 14 Jul 2018 In : Child Development. 89, 4, p. 1110-1119 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Physics
physics
biology
Ursidae
Intuition

Psychological underpinnings of zero-sum thinking

Johnson, S. G. B., Zhang, J. & Keil, F. C. 15 Aug 2018 (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 566-571 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Psychological
Buyers
Seller
Economics
Purchase

The aesthetics of mathematical explanations

Johnson, S. G. B. & Steinerberger, S. 15 Jul 2018 (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 572-577 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Mathematicians
Aesthetics
Mathematics
Piano music
Landscape Painting

Why do people believe in a zero-sum economy?

Johnson, S. G. B. 30 Aug 2018 In : Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 41, e172

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intuition
Consensus
Psychology
Thinking
2017

Belief digitization in economic prediction

Johnson, S. G. B. & Hill, F. 2017 Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. APA Books, p. 2314-2319 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Prediction
Economics
Conditional probability
Investing
Behavioral finance

Causal mechanisms

Johnson, S. G. B. & Ahn, W. 2017 The Oxford handbook of causal reasoning. Waldmann, M. R. (ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, p. 127-146

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
causality
induction
testimony
evidence
event

Cognition as sense-making: An empirical enquiry

Johnson, S. G. B. 2017 168 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access
File
Inference
Sensemaking
Cognition
Heuristics
Opponents

Opponent uses of simplicity and complexity in causal explanation

Johnson, S. G. B., Valenti, J. J. & Keil, F. C. 2017 Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 606-611 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
heuristics
moderator

Principles used to evaluate mathematical explanations

Johnson, S. G. B., Johnston, A. M., Koven, M. L. & Keil, F. C. 2017 Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 612-617 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
mathematics
cognition
education

Statistical and mechanistic information in evaluating causal claims

Johnson, S. G. B. & Keil, F. C. 2017 Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 618-623 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
smoking
cancer
evidence
cause
learning

The effect of abstract versus concrete framing on judgments of biological and psychological bases of behavior

Kim, N. S., Johnson, S. G. B., Ahn, W. K. & Knobe, J. 20 Mar 2017 In : Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. 2, p. 1 - 16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Psychology
Mental Disorders
Students
2016

Decision-making and biases in causal-explanatory reasoning

Johnson, S. G. B., Zhang, M. & Keil, F. C. 2016 Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 1967-1972

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Decision bias
Decision making
Inference
Economics
Decision process

Explaining December 4, 2015: Cognitive science ripped from the headlines

Johnson, S. G. B. 2016 Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 63-68 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

science
event
experiment
evidence

Explanatory biases in social categorization

Johnson, S. G. B., Kim, H. S. & Keil, F. C. 2016 Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 776-781 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

stereotyped behavior
prediction

Little Bayesians or little Einsteins? Probability and explanatory virtue in children's inferences

Johnston, A. M., Johnson, S. G. B., Koven, M. L. & Keil, F. C. 16 Oct 2016 In : Developmental Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations

Sense-making under ignorance

Johnson, S. G. B., Rajeev-Kumar, G. & Keil, F. C. 1 Sep 2016 In : Cognitive Psychology. 89, p. 39-70 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cues
diagnostic
Cognition
evidence
experiment

The determinants of knowability

Johnson, S. G. B., Kim, K. J. & Keil, F. C. 2016 Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 1577-1582 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

methodology
effect
1 Citations

The influence of framing on clinicians' judgments of the biological basis of behaviors

Kim, N. S., Ahn, W. K., Johnson, S. G. B. & Knobe, J. 1 Mar 2016 In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. 22, 1, p. 39-47 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Behavioral Symptoms
Neurosciences
Research
Psychotherapy
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
2015

Argument scope in inductive reasoning: Evidence for an abductive account of induction

Johnson, S. G. B., Merchant, T. & Keil, F. C. 2015 Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 1015-1020 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sesamoid Bones
Aptitude
Cognition
Dogs
Weights and Measures

Behaviorist thinking in judgments of wrongness, punishment, and blame

De Freitas, J. & Johnson, S. G. B. 22 Jul 2015 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015): Mind, Technology, and Society. Noelle, D. C. (ed.). Austin, Texas, USA: Cognitive Science Society, p. 524-529 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Punishment
Experiment
Moral judgment
Decision quality
Inference

Belief utility as an explanatory virtue

Johnson, S. G. B., Rajeev-Kumar, G. & Keil, F. C. 2015 Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 1009-1014 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Person
Fixation
Indeterminate
Decision Theory
Experiment
4 Citations

Causal networks or causal islands? The representation of mechanisms and the transitivity of causal judgment

Johnson, S. G. B. & Ahn, W. K. 1 Sep 2015 In : Cognitive Science. 39, 7, p. 1468-1503 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Islands
Potable water
Experiments
Semantics
Data storage equipment
7 Citations

Do the right thing: The assumption of optimality in lay decision theory and causal judgment

Johnson, S. G. B. & Rips, L. J. 1 Mar 2015 In : Cognitive Psychology. 77, p. 42-76 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision Theory
decision theory
Decision theory
Individuality
Causality

Predictions from uncertain beliefs

Johnson, S. G. B., Merchant, T. & Keil, F. C. 2015 Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 1003-1008 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

prediction
experiment
cognition
test
calculation

Probabilistic versus heuristic accounts of explanation in children: Evidence from a latent scope bias

Johnson, S. G. B., Johnston, A. M., Koven, M. L. & Keil, F. C. 2015 Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 1021-1026 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

heuristics
trend
evidence
hypothesis testing
experiment
2014
10 Citations

Causal inference and the hierarchical structure of experience

Johnson, S. G. B. & Keil, F. C. 2014 In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 143, 6, p. 2223-2241 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hierarchical Structure
Structure of Experience
Causal Inference
Experiment
Causal

Explanatory scope informs causal strength inferences

Johnson, S. G. B., Johnston, A. M., Toig, A. & Keil, F. C. 2014 Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society . p. 2453-2458 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

cause
experiment
manipulation
heuristics
evidence

Inferred evidence in latent scope explanations

Johnson, S. G. B., Rajeev-Kumar, G. & Keil, F. C. 2014 Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 707-712 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

prediction
experiment
boundary condition
resource
effect

Predicting behavior from the world: Naïve behaviorism in lay decision theory

Johnson, S. G. B. & Rips, L. J. 2014 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Cognitive Science Meets Artificial Intelligence: Human and Artificial Agents in Interactive Contexts. Austin, Texas, USA: Cognitive Science Society, p. 695-700

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Decision theory
Experiment
Inference
Responsibility
Testing

Simplicity and goodness-of-fit in explanation: The case of Intuitive curve-fitting

Johnson, S. G. B., Jin, A. & Keil, F. C. 2014 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Cognitive Science Meets Artificial Intelligence: Human and Artificial Agents in Interactive Contexts. Austin, Texas, USA: Cognitive Science Society, p. 701-706

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

experiment
intuition
layperson
heuristics
trend
2013

Good decisions, good causes: Optimality as a constraint on attribution of causal responsibility

Johnson, S. G. B. & Rips, L. J. 2013 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics. Knauff, M. (ed.). Austin, Texas, USA: Cognitive Science Society, p. 2662-2667

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Optimality
Responsibility
Attribution
Experiment
Efficacy