Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Rationality QuotientToward a Test of Rational Thinking$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Keith E. Stanovich, Richard F. West, and Maggie E. Toplak

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034845

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034845.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 25 June 2022

Contaminated Mindware

Contaminated Mindware

(p.191) 10 Contaminated Mindware
The Rationality Quotient

Keith E. Stanovich

Richard F. West

Maggie E. Toplak

The MIT Press

Knowledge becomes implicated in rationality in two different ways. When the knowledge bases discussed in Chapter 9 are missing, the problem is called a mindware gap. A different type of mindware problem arises because some acquired mindware can be the direct cause of irrational actions that thwart our goals. This type of problem has been termed the problem of contaminated mindware. Four subtests of the CART assess contaminated mindware: the Superstitious Thinking subtest; Antiscience Attitudes subtest; Conspiracy Beliefs subtest; and Dysfunctional Personal Beliefs subtest. The history of each subtest is described, as well as a large study of each subtest in which correlations with cognitive ability and thinking dispositions are examined. Correlations among these subtests themselves are reported.

Keywords:   mindware gap, contaminated mindware, superstitious thinking, antiscience attitudes, conspiracy beliefs, dysfunctional personal beliefs

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.