CogSci Proceedings

Assessing Singular Causation - The Role of Causal Latencies

We propose a new measure of causal attribution and embed it into our structure induction model of singular causation (SISC). Two experiments support the model.

Marbles in inaction - Counterfactual Simulation and Causation by Omission

In this paper, we extend the counterfactual simulation model (CSM) of causal judgment (Gerstenberg, Goodman, Lagnado, & Tenenbaum, 2014) to address questions concerning causation by omission.

Preemption in Singular Causation Judgments - A Computational Model (Proceedings version; Higher Level Cognition Award of the Cognitive Science Society)

We propose a new measure of causal attribution and embed it into our structure induction model of singular causation (SISC). Two experiments support the model.

Answering Causal Queries About Singular Cases

Queries about singular causation face two problems - It needs to be decided whether the two observed events are instantiations of a generic cause-effect relation. Second, causation needs to be distinguished from coincidence. We propose a computational model that addresses both questions.

Explanations in Causal Chains - Selecting Distal Causes Requires Exportable Mechanisms

When A causes B and B causes C, under what conditions is A a good explanation for the occurrence of C? We propose that distal causes are only perceived to be explanatory if the causal mechanism is insensitive to inessential variations of boundary conditions.

Mediators or alternative explanations - Transitivity in human-mediated causal chains

We investigate how learning that an established type-level causal relationship is implemented by human agency affects people’s conceptualization of this relationship.