Cosmides 1 - to domain-appropriate inferences, judgments,...

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Cosmides (1989) “The logic of social exchange” Reasoning is not governed by general-purpose mechanisms but by “Darwinian algorithms,” that is, “specialized learning mechanisms that organize experience into adaptively meaningful schemas or frames. When activated by appropriate problem content, these innately specified ‘frame-builders’ should focus attention, organize perception and memory, and call up specialized procedural knowledge that will lead
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Unformatted text preview: to domain-appropriate inferences, judgments, and choices.” In the case of social exchange: (1) “The human mind must contain algorithms that produce and operate on cost-benefit representations of exchange interactions.” (2) “The human mind must include inferential procedures that make one very good at detecting cheating on social contracts.”...
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This note was uploaded on 08/12/2008 for the course PSY 387R taught by Professor Diehl during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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