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Why do humans reason?


In this lagniappe, we'll explore and discuss current research and thinking about how humans reason and make decisions. We'll consider how this research can help us in working with our students to develop research skills and better evaluate information. How does this research relate to what we know about information literacy and the tools we currently use when talking with students about evaluating information, like the ACRL Framework or the CRAAP test? How might we use this information to improve our teaching and references skills and approaches?

Required Readings (see libguide for full-text of readings)

  • Hugo Mercier, How and why we reason: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPqbrV02cZ8
  • Kahan, Dan M., Misconceptions, Misinformation, and the Logic of Identity-Protective Cognition (May 24, 2017). Cultural Cognition Project Working Paper Series No. 164; Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 605; Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 575. 

Optional Reading

  • Mercier, H., & Sperber, D. (2011). Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory. Behavioral and brain sciences, 34(2), 57-74. (just these pages)

Related LibGuide: Learning Lagniappe by Alyssa Russo

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Centennial Science & Engineering Library
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