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The winter of our content effect : the role of relevance theory in designing facilitating effects in Wason Selection Task studies

Tan, M. (2008) The winter of our content effect : the role of relevance theory in designing facilitating effects in Wason Selection Task studies.

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Abstract:Relevance Theory gives methodological tools for finding the roots of the so called content effect in Wason Selection Tasks. This study used these methods to retool classic tasks of competing content effect theories: Social Contract Theory and Pragmatic Reasoning Schemas. No significant results in the order of Relevance Theory’s predictions were found, on the contrary: facilitation effects actually led to lower performance. No significant effects in the direction of either Social Contract Theory or Pragmatic Reasoning Schemas was found either, leaving the debate between these two theories intact. Relevance Theory’s claims of designing a Wason Selection Task to be yield very high or very low performance were not substantiated in this study, although hints the method’s limitations may have been found in the process
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/58924
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