Editorial Obituary

  title={Editorial Obituary},
  author={Peter Wason},
Photograph published with kind permission of the family of Peter Wason. 


Soap Wrappers' “Jig”
  • P. Wason
  • Biology
    British journal of industrial medicine
  • 1954
The management of a perfume factory have been concerned for many years by the extensive rhythmical movements used by operatives in wrapping soap, which became known as the jig, and a field investigation was carried out to determine its effects on the operatives' health and on productivity.
The Effect of Self-Contradiction on Fallacious Reasoning
A serial task was used in which the possibility of making related valid and fallacious inferences was alternated over a series of trials. The hypothesis was investigated that if valid inferences are
THOG: The anatomy of a problem
SummaryThree experiments are reported on the attempts to solve a novel hypothetico-deductive problem. Its solution demands both the postulation of hypotheses about its structure and a combinatorial
Psychology of Reasoning: Structure and Content
'Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?' 'To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.' 'The dog did nothing in the night-time.' 'That was the curious
The cognitive revolution: a historical perspective
  • G. Miller
  • Psychology
    Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • 2003
Eliminative and Enumerative Behaviour in a Conceptual Task
P. C. Wason's paper “On the Failure to Eliminate Hypotheses in a Conceptual Task” is criticized on the grounds that the task set is in important respects untypical of problem solving situations in
The contexts of plausible denial
Confirmation, Disconfirmation, and Informa-tion in Hypothesis Testing
Strategies for hypothesis testing in scientific investigation and everyday reasoning have interested both psychologists and philosophers. A number of these scholars stress the importance of
Rationality and reasoning
Preface and Acknowledgements. Rationality in Reasoning. Personal Goals, Utility, and Probability. Relevance, Rationality, and Tacit Processing. Reasoning as Decision Making: The Case of the Selection
The Processing of Positive and Negative Information
An affirmative statement which is known to be false and the complementary negative statement which is known to be true, provide the same information, i.e. that something is not the case. Similarly,