The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations

  title={The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations},
  author={D. Weisberg and F. Keil and Joshua Goodstein and Elizabeth Rawson and J. Gray},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  • D. Weisberg, F. Keil, +2 authors J. Gray
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Computer Science, Medicine
  • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Explanations of psychological phenomena seem to generate more public interest when they contain neuroscientific information. Even irrelevant neuroscience information in an explanation of a psychological phenomenon may interfere with people's abilities to critically consider the underlying logic of this explanation. We tested this hypothesis by giving nave adults, students in a neuroscience course, and neuroscience experts brief descriptions of psychological phenomena followed by one of four… CONTINUE READING
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