Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

4-2011

Abstract

Mercier and Sperber (M&S) argue that reasoning has evolved primarily as an adjunct to persuasive communication rather than as a basis for consequential choice. Recent research on decision-related regret suggests that regret aversion and concomitant needs for justification may underpin a complementary mechanism that can, if appropriately deployed, convert M&S's facile arguer into an effective decision maker, with obvious evolutionary advantages.

Keywords

Regret, justification, consequentialism

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Volume

34

Issue

2

First Page

75

Last Page

75

ISSN

0140-525X

Identifier

10.1017/S0140525X10002852

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

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