The texture of causal construals: Domain-specific biases shape causal inferences from discourse.

@article{Strickland2017TheTO,
  title={The texture of causal construals: Domain-specific biases shape causal inferences from discourse.},
  author={Brent Strickland and Ike Silver and Frank C. Keil},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={2017},
  volume={45 3},
  pages={442-455}
}
We conducted five sets of experiments asking whether psychological and physical events are construed in broadly different manners concerning the underlying textures of their causes. In Experiments 1a-1d, we found a robust tendency to estimate fewer causes (but not effects) for psychological than for physical events; Experiment 2 showed a similar pattern of results when participants were asked to generate hypothetical causes and effects; Experiment 3 revealed a greater tendency to ascribe linear… CONTINUE READING