Explicit factuality and comparative evidence

Shaun Nichols, Claudia Uller

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Abstract

We argue that Dienes and Perner's (D and P's) proposal needs to specify independent criteria when a subject explicitly represents factuality. This task is complicated by the fact that people typically 'tacitly' believe that each of their beliefs is a fact. This problem does not arise for comparative evidence on monkeys, for they presumably lack the capacity to represent factuality explicitly. D and P suggest that explicit visual processing and declarative memory depend on explicit representations of factuality, whereas the analogous implicit processes do not require such representations. Many of the implicit/explicit findings are also found in monkeys, however, and D and P's account needs to explain this striking parallel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)776-777
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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