Counterfactual Conditionals

Articles that examine comprehension and reasoning with counterfactual conditionals such as ‘if A were the case then B would be the case’.

Journal articles:

Pereda, A., Garavan, H. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2012). Switching attention incurs a cost for counterfactual conditional inferences. Irish Journal of Psychology. 33 (2-3), 72-77.

Frosch, C. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2012). Causal conditionals and counterfactuals. Acta Psychologica. 141(1), 54-66.

Egan, S. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2012). Inferences from counterfactual threats and promises. Experimental Psychology.  59(4), 227-235.

Egan, S., Garcia-Madruga, J. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2009). Indicative and counterfactual ‘only if’ conditionals. Acta Psychologica. 132, (3), p240-249

Moreno-Rios, S., Garcia-Madruga, J. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2008). Semifactual ‘even if’ reasoning. Acta Psychologica, 128, 197 – 209

Santamaria, C., Espino, O. and Byrne, R.M.J. (2005). Counterfactual and semifactual conditionals prime alternative possibilities. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 31, 1149 – 1154

Byrne, R.M.J. & Egan, S.M. (2004). Counterfactual and Prefactual Conditionals. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58, 113-120

Quelhas, A. C. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2003). Reasoning with deontic and counterfactual conditionals. Thinking and Reasoning, 9, 43 -66.

Thompson, V. and Byrne, R.M.J. (2002).  Reasoning about things that didn’t happen. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 28, 1154-1170.

Byrne, R.M.J. & Tasso, A. (1999). Deductive reasoning with factual, possible, and counterfactual conditionals. Memory & Cognition.  27,  726-740.

Book chapters and conference proceedings:

Egan, S.E. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2006). Counterfactual promises and threats. In Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science  Society . Hillsdale: Erlbaum pp. 1257-1262.

Quelhas, C. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2000). Latencies to understand and reasoning from counterfactual conditionals. In J. A. Garcia Madruga (Ed). Mental models and reasoning.   Madrid: UNED. pp 315-326.

Byrne, R.M.J., Tasso, A. and Thompson, V. (1998). Cognitive processes in Counterfactual Conditionals. In K. Korta, E. Sosa and X. Arrazola (Eds.) Cognition, Agency, and Rationality: Proceedings of the Fifth International Colloquium on Cognitive Science. Nertherlands: Kluwer. pp 113-129.

Byrne, R.M.J. and Tasso, A. (1994). Counterfactual Reasoning: Inferences from hypothetical conditionals. In Ram, A. and Eiselt, K. (Eds). Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science  Society . Hillsdale: Erlbaum. pp. 124-129.

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