The use of heuristics in intuitive mathematical judgment

@article{Reber2008TheUO,
  title={The use of heuristics in intuitive mathematical judgment},
  author={Rolf Reber and Morten Brun and Karoline Mitterndorfer},
  journal={Psychonomic Bulletin \& Review},
  year={2008},
  volume={15},
  pages={1174-1178}
}
Anecdotal evidence points to the use of beauty as an indication of truth in mathematical problem solving. In the two experiments of the present study, we examined the use of heuristics and tested the assumption that participants use symmetry as a cue for correctness in an arithmetic verification task. We manipulated the symmetry of sets of dot pattern addition equations. Speeded decisions about the correctness of these equations led to higher endorsements for both correct and incorrect… 
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