The Mind's Arrows: Bayes Nets and Graphical Causal Models in Psychology

The Mind's Arrows: Bayes Nets and Graphical Causal Models in Psychology

by Clark Glymour
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262072203

ISBN-13: 9780262072205

Pub. Date: 05/07/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

In recent years, small groups of statisticians, computer scientists, and philosophers have developed an account of how partial causal knowledge can be used to compute the effect of actions and how causal relations can be learned, at least by computers. The representations used in the emerging theory are causal Bayes nets or graphical causal models.

In his new

…  See more details below

Overview

In recent years, small groups of statisticians, computer scientists, and philosophers have developed an account of how partial causal knowledge can be used to compute the effect of actions and how causal relations can be learned, at least by computers. The representations used in the emerging theory are causal Bayes nets or graphical causal models.

In his new book, Clark Glymour provides an informal introduction to the basic assumptions, algorithms, and techniques of causal Bayes nets and graphical causal models in the context of psychological examples. He demonstrates their potential as a powerful tool for guiding experimental inquiry and for interpreting results in developmental psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, psychometrics, social psychology, and studies of adult judgment. Using Bayes net techniques, Glymour suggests novel experiments to distinguish among theories of human causal learning and reanalyzes various experimental results that have been interpreted or misinterpreted — without the benefit of Bayes nets and graphical causal models. The capstone illustration is an analysis of the methods used in Herrnstein and Murray's book The Bell Curve; Glymour argues that new, more reliable methods of data analysis,based on Bayes nets representations, would lead to very different conclusions from those advocated by Herrnstein and Murray.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262072205
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/07/2004
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
IDevelopment Psychology and Discovery5
2Android Epistemology for Babies7
3Another Way for Nerds to Make Babies: The Frame Problem and Causal Inference in Development Psychology19
IIAdult Judgements of Causation49
4A Puzzling Experiment51
5The Puzzle Resolved63
6Marilyn vos Savant Meets Rescorla and Wagner69
7Cheng Models75
8Learning Procedures93
9Representation and Rationality: The Case of Backward Blocking103
IIIInference and Explanation in Cognitive Neuropsychology111
10Cognitive Parts: From Freud to Farah113
11Inferences to Cognitive Architecture from Individual Case Studies129
12Group Data in Cognitive Neuropsychology151
13The Explanatory Power of Lesioning Neural Nets159
IVPsychometrics and Social Psychology169
14Social Statistics and Genuine Inquiry: The Case of The Bell Curve171
Notes205
References209
Index219

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >