Publication details for Professor Anna MarmodoroMarmodoro, Anna, Murphy, Robin A. & Baker, A. G. (2014). Does the inherence heuristic take us to psychological essentialism? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (05): 494-495.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0140-525X (print), 1469-1825 (electronic)
- DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X13003798
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
We argue that the claim that essence-based causal explanations emerge, hydra-like, from an inherence heuristic is incomplete. No plausible mechanism for the transition from concrete properties, or cues, to essences is provided. Moreover, the fundamental shotgun and storytelling mechanisms of the inherence heuristic are not clearly enough specified to distinguish them, developmentally, from associative or causal networks.