Is Conflict Detection in Reasoning Domain General?


A great deal of reasoning research indicates that individuals are often biased by intuitive heuristics. However, contemporary results indicate that individuals seem sensitive to their biases; they seem to detect conflict with reasoning norms. One of the key remaining questions is whether this conflict sensitivity is domain general. To address this question, we administered a battery of five classical reasoning tasks to a large sample of subjects and assessed their conflict detection efficiency on each task by measuring their response confidence. Results indicate that conflict detection is, in most senses, not domain general, though there are compelling exceptions.

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