Eric Johnson

Query Theory: Knowing What We Want by Arguing with Ourselves

Coauthor(s): Elke Weber.

Mercier and Sperber (M&S) argue that reasoning is social and argumentative, and that this explains many apparently irrational judgment phenomena. We look at the relationship between interpersonal and intrapersonal argumentation and discuss parallels and differences from the perspective of query theory, a memory-based model of constructive preferences. We suggest an important goal is to integrate models across inference and preference.

Source: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Exact Citation:
Weber, Elke, and Eric Johnson. "Query Theory: Knowing What We Want by Arguing with Ourselves." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34, no. 2 (2011): 91-92.
Volume: 34
Number: 2
Pages: 91-92
Date: 2011