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Causal ModelsHow People Think about the World and Its Alternatives$
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Steven Sloman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183115.001.0001

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Causal Learning

Causal Learning

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Causal Models

Steven Sloman

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a selection of theories of causal learning. Some of the theories come out of psychology, while others come out of rational analyses of causal learning. All tend to focus on how people use correlations — information about which events go together — to figure out what is causing what. A number of other, supporting pieces of information about what causes what — a number of other cues to causal structure — that people are responsive to are described. The costs and benefits of allowing learners to actively intervene on the system they are learning are discussed.

Keywords:   causal relations, causal models, correlations, causal structure

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