Many studies in the psychological literature focus on the distinctive features of physical and psychological causality understanding. Our aim is a preliminary study from a different perspective, looking for similarities in the two domains. The results of Experiment 1 (38 adults participants) confirm our prediction: some features of the perceptual stimulus affect causality understanding in both the physical and the psychological domain. Also, the results of Experiment 2 (16 autistic children and 16 controls) confirm a clinical prediction deriving from our assumption. Autistic individuals, who are notoriously impaired in understanding psychological causality, turn out to be impaired also in understanding physical causality.

Cognitive principles central to causalità understanding.

BUCCIARELLI, Monica;
2009

Abstract

Many studies in the psychological literature focus on the distinctive features of physical and psychological causality understanding. Our aim is a preliminary study from a different perspective, looking for similarities in the two domains. The results of Experiment 1 (38 adults participants) confirm our prediction: some features of the perceptual stimulus affect causality understanding in both the physical and the psychological domain. Also, the results of Experiment 2 (16 autistic children and 16 controls) confirm a clinical prediction deriving from our assumption. Autistic individuals, who are notoriously impaired in understanding psychological causality, turn out to be impaired also in understanding physical causality.
XXXI Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Amsterdam
29 July - 2 August, 2009
Proceedings of the XXXI Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Cognitive Science Society
2735
2740
Meini C; Bucciarelli M; Arduino G; Vinai F
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