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Determinants of judgments of explanatory power: Credibility, Generalizability, and Causal Framing

  title={Determinants of judgments of explanatory power: Credibility, Generalizability, and Causal Framing},
  author={Matteo Colombo and Leandra Bucher and Jan Sprenger},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
This study investigates how judgments of explanatory power are affected by (i) the prior credibility of a potential explanation, (ii) the causal framing used to describe the explanation, and (iii) the generalizability of the explanation. We found that the prior credibility of a causal explanation plays a central role in explanatory reasoning: first, because of the presence of strong main effects on judgments of explanatory power, and second, because of the gate-keeping role prior credibility… Expand
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