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

Samuel G. B. Johnson

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter in a published conference proceeding

1 Citation (SciVal)


Do the discoveries of cognitive science generalize beyond artificial lab experiments? Or do they have little hope of helping us to understand real-world events? Fretting on this question, I bought a copy of the Wall Street Journal and found that the three front page headlines each connect to my own research on explanatory reasoning. I report tests of the phenomena of inferred evidence, belief digitization, and revealed truth in real-world contexts derived from the headlines. If my own corner of cognitive science has such explanatory relevance to the real world, then cognitive science as a whole must be in far better shape yet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


Dive into the research topics of 'Explaining December 4, 2015: Cognitive science ripped from the headlines'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this