Bradley Franks

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This article presents a detailed formal approach to concepts and concept combination. Sense generation is a competence-level theory that attempts to respect constraints from the various cognitive sciences, and postulates “quasi-classical” conceptual structures where ottributes receive only one value (but are defeasible and so do not represent necessary and(More)
It is widely mooted that a plausible computational cognitive model should involve both symbolic and connectionist components. However, sound principles for combining these components within a hybrid system are currently lacking; the design of such systems is oftenad hoc. In an attempt to ameliorate this we provide a framework of types of hybrid systems and(More)
Conspiracy theories (CTs) can take many forms and vary widely in popularity, the intensity with which they are believed and their effects on individual and collective behavior. An integrated account of CTs thus needs to explain how they come to appeal to potential believers, how they spread from one person to the next via communication, and how they(More)
On average, children and adults in developed countries consume too little water, which can lead to negative health consequences. In a one-year longitudinal field experiment in Poland, we compared the impact of three home-based interventions on helping children and their parents/caregivers to develop sustainable increased plain water consumption habits.(More)
In this paper we demonstrate that societal psychology makes a unique contribution to the study of change through its focus on the 'contextual politics' of change, examining the different interests at stake within any social context. Societal psychology explores the contexts which promote or inhibit social and societal change and can be seen as a bridge(More)
We present a perspective on the nature of hybridness withinhybrid symbolic/connectionistmodels of cognition. We discuss the qualities that differentiate apparently hybrid models from those which truly accrue properties of the complementary types of technology, and argue that the latter type of model is constituted by a stringent set of mappings between the(More)
In any research project, categorising responses for interpretation is a crucial step. This involves the reduction of the complexity of a data set and allows clarity of interpretation. In structured techniques, the researcher often determines or assumes the nature of the categories in advance, and respondents are then asked to choose one from a range of(More)
Conspiracy theories (CTs) are widespread ways by which people make sense of unsettling or disturbing cultural events. Belief in CTs is often connected to problematic consequences, such as decreased engagement with conventional political action or even political extremism, so understanding the psychological and social qualities of CT belief is important. CTs(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated the effect of three interventions to increase the plain water consumption of children with unhealthy drinking habits, with an innovative approach combining the three layers of Installation Theory: embodied competences, affordances and social regulation. METHODS 334 preschool children and their carers were allocated to three(More)
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