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Curvilinear Impetus Bias: A General Heuristic to Favor Natural Regularities of Motion

Abstract When a rolling ball exits a spiral tube, it typically maintains its final inertial state and travels along straight line in concordance with Newton's first law of motion. Yet, most people predict that the ball will curve, a "naive physics" misconception called the curvilinear impetus (CI) bias. In the current paper, we explore the ecological hypothesis that the CI bias arises from overgeneralization of correct motion of biological agents. Previous research has established that humans curve when exiting a spiral maze, and college students believe this motion is the same for balls and humans. The current paper consists of two follow up experiments. The first experiment tested the exiting behavior of rodents from a spiral rat maz... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Dye, Rosaline Alice (Author) / Mcbeath, Michael K (Advisor) / Sanabria, Federico (Committee member) / Megowan, Colleen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Psychology / Animal behavior / Cognitive psychology / Curvilinear Motion / Heuristic / Human Navigation / Intuitive Physics / Naive Physics / Rodent Navigation
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 48 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Psychology 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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