Science can explain other people’s minds, but not mine: self-other differences in beliefs about science

André Mata*, Cláudia Simão, Rogério Gouveia

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Abstract

Four studies show that people differ in their lay beliefs concerning the degree to which science can explain their mind and the minds of other people. In particular, people are more receptive to the idea that the psychology of other people is explainable by science than to the possibility of science explaining their own psychology. This self-other difference is moderated by the degree to which people associate a certain mental phenomenon with introspection. Moreover, this self-other difference has implications for the science-recommended products and practices that people choose for themselves versus others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1077-1095
Number of pages19
JournalSelf and Identity
Volume20
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Choice-advice asymmetry
  • Folk epistemology
  • Introspection
  • Intuitive theories
  • Self-other differences

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