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Is Concept Appraisal Modulated by Procedural or Declarative Manipulations?

Thorne, S., Smortchkova, J., Quilty-Dunn, J. , Shea, N. & Hampton, J. A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0363-8232 (2022). Is Concept Appraisal Modulated by Procedural or Declarative Manipulations?. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, article number 774629. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.774629


A recent study has established that thinkers reliably engage in epistemic appraisals of concepts of natural categories. Here, five studies are reported which investigated the effects of different manipulations of category learning context on appraisal of the concepts learnt. It was predicted that dimensions of concept appraisal could be affected by manipulating either procedural factors (spacing of learning, perceptual fluency) or declarative factors (causal knowledge about categories). While known effects of these manipulations on metacognitive judgements such as category learning judgements and confidence at test were replicated, procedural factors had no reliable effects on the dimensions of concept appraisal. Effects of declarative manipulations on some forms of concept appraisal were observed.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2022 Thorne, Smortchkova, Quilty-Dunn, Shea and Hampton. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Publisher Keywords: metacognitive judgements, concept appraisal, knowledge, fluency, metacognition, concepts
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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