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Plinko: A Theory-Free Behavioral Measure of Priors for Statistical Learning and Mental Model Updating

@article{DiBerardino2021PlinkoAT,
  title={Plinko: A Theory-Free Behavioral Measure of Priors for Statistical Learning and Mental Model Updating},
  author={Peter A. V. DiBerardino and Alex Filipowicz and James Danckert and Britt Anderson},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2021},
  volume={abs/2107.11477}
}
Probability distributions are central to Bayesian accounts of cognition, but behavioral assessments do not directly measure them. Posterior distributions are typically computed from collections of individual participant actions, yet are used to draw conclusions about the internal structure of participant beliefs. Also not explicitly measured are the prior distributions that distinguish Bayesian models from others by representing initial states of belief. Instead, priors are usually derived from… Expand

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