Use Of Neuroscientific Information Inhibits People 's Ability For Critically Consider Logical Explanations Of Psychological Phenomena

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1 – Briefly describe the aim(s) of the study
Throughout the abstract the authors outline that the intent of the study was to determine whether the use of neuroscientific information inhibits people’s ability to critically consider logical explanations of psychological phenomena’s. The study has a number of control groups, of which provide a comparison between ‘experts’ and ‘nonexperts’ on the influence of neuroscientific information. This is briefly discussed in the abstract, but it is largely explained as to why ‘nonexperts’ are ‘fooled’ in the general discussion section.

2 – Indicate whether or not the study was theoretically motivated.
The introduction of the article briefly outlines previous research findings that have motivated this study with facts that neuropsychological research is popular within the general public. It states that many articles in today’s newspapers contain neuroscientific reports and/or scientific statements and facts. The authors suggest that although it appears that non-neural cognitive psychology does not receive as much interest despite the two fields having similar topics and concerns. It is also emphasized that people find neuroscientific evidence fascinating as it allures to explain human behaviour. Noting previous research, they use references that highlight the difficulty people have reasoning with explanations (Keil, 2006; Lombrozo, 2006). This study aims to strengthen previous findings as well as address issues and gaps in research…

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