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The results of an experiment of preferential biases for texts that include neuroscientific jargon are presented. Such preferential bias has been reported even when the presented jargon is meaningless. In a variation of the well-known Weisberg et al. experiment, a group of undergraduate students (N1⁄4150; females 48%, males 52%, other 0%; M age 1⁄4 22.4 year, SD 1⁄4 2.6) chose between two possible explanations for a psycho- logical phenomenon: a correct explanation or a circular restatement of facts. Unrelated neuroscientific terms were added to one of the explanations. Participants were asked to choose the correct explanation. There was a statistically significant preference for the explanation without neuroscientific terms. These findings differ from Weisberg et al.’s experiment and a number of others. The implications of this discrepancy are discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)793-803
Numero di pagine11
RivistaPsychological Reports
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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