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Towards an empirical test of realism in cognition

Yearsley, J. & Pothos, E. M. (2015). Towards an empirical test of realism in cognition. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8951, pp. 271-282. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15931-7_21


We review recent progress in designing an empirical test of (temporal) realism in cognition. Realism in this context is the property that cognitive variables always have well defined (if possibly unknown) values at all times. We focus most of our attention in this contribution on discussing the exact notion of realism that is to be tested, as we feel this issue has not received enough attention to date. We also give a brief outline of the empirical test, including some comments on an experimental realisation, and we discuss what we should conclude from any purported experimental ‘disproof’ of realism. This contribution is based on Yearsley and Pothos (2014).

Publication Type: Article
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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