In Two Minds or Just One? Comparing Intuitive and Analytical Thinking - Professor Brett Hayes

What is this research about?

A very popular notion is that human cognition can operate at two different levels. When asked to judge whether an argument is true or to solve a problem we can make a quick “intuitive” response. Or we can take our time and think about the problem analytically – which often leads to a different type of judgment.

This project looks critically at this notion. Using experimental techniques and computational modeling, we examine the evidence for separate intuitive and analytic processes in domains like human reasoning and memory.

Publications relating to this research:

Hayes, B. K., Dunn, J. C., Joubert, A., & Taylor, R. (2016). Comparing single- and dual-process models of memory development. Developmental Science. pp. 1-14.

Hawkins, G. E., Hayes, B. K., & Heit, E. (2016). A dynamic model of reasoning and memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 155-180.

Hayes, B. K., Heit, E., & Rotello, C (2014). Memory and reasoning: Parallels and common mechanisms. Frontiers of Cognitive Science, 5 (529), 1-9.

Heit, E., Rotello, C. & Hayes, B. K. (2012). Relations between memory and reasoning. In B. L. Ross. The Psychology of Learning and Motivation. Volume 57, 57-101, Elsevier.


To find out more information about this research, contact Professor Brett Hayes.