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Typists' Errors and Intention Theories

Typing test reveals key information about cognitive illusions

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Research with 72 college-age typists revealed hierarchical control of actions people think are automatic. The finding adds key information to a debate on whether people consciously perform actions in which they are highly skilled.

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A new study by Vanderbilt University psychologists Gordon Logan and Matthew Crump reveals that when highly skilled people perform actions without thinking, such as driving a car, the actions they perform are highly controlled by two separate cognitive processes.

Credit: NSF and Vanderbilt University


Cover of the October 29, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

The cover of the October 22, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

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