Social Contract Theory (Cognitive Psychology)

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A modular and evolutionary view of human reasoning. "Modular" means that the theory explains performance in one specific content domain: social contracts (any social exchange.) Explains our apparent cheater detection algorithms. Not related to philosophical ideas of Social Contract.

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Domain-specific reasoning: Social contracts, cheating, and perspective change [More...]
Humans do not reason with content-independent logic. Experimental evidence that human reasoning processes are domain specific.
Heuristics: The Foundations of Adaptive Behavior (book)
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