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Etc. Frequency Processing and Cognition

Peter Sedlmeier and Tilmann Betsch


From childhood, each of us develops our own personal set of theories and beliefs about the world in which we live. Given the impossibility of knowing about every event that can ever take place, we use cognitive short cuts to try to predict and make sense of the world around us. One of the fundamental pieces of information we use to predict future events, and make sense of past events, is ‘frequency’ — how often has such an event happened to us, or how often have we observed a particular event? With such information we will make inferences about the likelihood of its future appearance. We will ... More

Keywords: cognition, frequency processing, risk assessment, consumer decisions, behaviour, beliefs, judgements, cognitive psychology, social psychology

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198508632
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Sedlmeier, editor
Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Tilmann Betsch, editor
University of Heidelberg, Germany

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Chapter 1 Frequency processing and cognition: introduction and overview

Peter Sedlmeier, Tilmann Betsch, and Frank Renkewitz

Part I Theoretical Models and Perspectives

Part II Essential Empirical Results

Chapter 15 The psychophysics metaphor in calibration research

Gernot D. Kleiter, Michael E. Doherty, and Gregory L. Brake

Part III Practical Implications

End Matter