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The importance of frameworks for directing empirical questions: Reply to Goodie and Fantino (2000)

Lovett, MC and Schunn, CD (2000) The importance of frameworks for directing empirical questions: Reply to Goodie and Fantino (2000). Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 129 (4). 453 - 456. ISSN 0096-3445

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A. S. Goodie and E. Fantino (2000) make two main criticisms of the predictions of M. C. Lovett and C. D. Schunn's (1999) RCCL model. (RCCL is pronounced "ReCyCLe"; it stands for Represent the task, Construct a set of action strategies, Choose from among those strategies according to success rate, Learn new success rates.) In both cases, the authors believe the criticisms reflect a failure to appreciate the difference between broad frameworks and specific mathematical/computational models. In this article, the value of a broad framework, such as RCCL, in directing new empirical analyses and guiding theoretical development is shown. In particular, RCCL expands on existing work to reveal how variability and change in mental representations influence base-rate sensitivity. The authors also address several other issues raised by A. S. Goodie and E. Fantino (2000) and show that qualitative shifts in individuals' choice behavior are present in their original data - a key prediction of RCCL that does not appear in previous accounts.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lovett, MC
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 January 2000
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Volume: 129
Number: 4
Page Range: 453 - 456
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1037/0096-3445.129.4.453
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0096-3445
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 18:11
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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