Dual process theories of language and thinking

A special Issue of Mind and Society (vol 11 (1) June 2012) on “Dual process theories of language and thinking”

"There has been increasing interest in recent years in dual process theories of human thought. This special issue of Mind and Society reflects this interest, some criticisms of these theories, and the major topics that have been discussed and debated as a result. There is the basic topic of how the postulated dual processes should be defined in the first place. Do these processes have essential defining features that can be distinguished from less central correlates?... There are questions about how these dual processes work and interact. What do dual process theories tell us about different modes of thought and insight in problem solving? One topic that could throw light on these questions is creative thinking.... There is the much studied but unsettled question of the relation between dual processes and human rationality, whether epistemic or practical... And how do the two processes interact with feelings and emotions? There are also questions about how dual process theories are related to the new probabilistic paradigm in the psychology of reasoning. ... These are some of the important questions addressed in this special issue by leading researchers on human thought."

Here is the table of contents:


  Special issue on: Dual process theories of human thought: the debate
Laura Macchi, David Over & Riccardo Viale

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Defining features versus incidental correlates of Type 1 and Type 2 processing
Keith E. Stanovich & Maggie E. Toplak

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Dual processes, probabilities, and cognitive architecture
Mike Oaksford & Nick Chater

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Probabilities, beliefs, and dual processing: the paradigm shift in the psychology of reasoning
Shira Elqayam & David Over

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Dual systems and dual attitudes 
Keith Frankish

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Intuitive and analytical processes in insight problem solving: a psycho-rhetorical approach to the study of reasoning
Laura Macchi & Maria Bagassi

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Rational decision making: balancing RUN and JUMP modes of analysis
Tilmann Betsch & Carsten Held

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The social functions of explicit coherence evaluation
Hugo Mercier

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Analytic thinking: do you feel like it?
Valerie Thompson & Kinga Morsanyi

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Implicit cognition, emotion, and meta-cognitive control
Ron Sun & Robert C. Mathews

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Spot the difference: distinguishing between two kinds of processing
Jonathan St. B. T. Evans

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