Counterfactual ‘if only’ thoughts

Publications that examine the cognitive processes underlying the creation of alternatives to reality in ‘if only’ counterfactual thoughts

Book:

Byrne, R.M.J. (2005). The rational imagination: how people create alternatives to reality. Cambridge, M.A.: MIT Press. pp.274.

Journal articles:

Byrne, R.M.J. (2016). Counterfactual Thought. Annual Review of Psychology. 67:135–57 pdf

Dixon, J. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2011)  Counterfactual thinking about exceptional actions. Memory & Cognition. 39 (7) 1317-1331.

Pighin, S, Byrne, R.M.J., Ferrante, D., Gonzalez, M. & Girotto, V. (2011). Counterfactual thoughts about experienced, observed, and narrated events. Thinking and Reasoning, 17 (2) 197-211.54.

Byrne, R.M.J., (2007). The rational imagination and other possibilities: Author’s response. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 2007, 470 – 480.

Byrne, R.M.J., (2007). Precis of The Rational Imagination: How People Create Alternatives to Reality.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 2007, 439 – 453

Walsh, C.R. and Byrne, R.M.J., (2007). The effects of reasons for acting on counterfactual thinking. Thinking and Reasoning, 13, 461 – 483

McEleney, A. and Byrne, R.M.J. (2006). Spontaneous causal and counterfactual thoughts. Thinking and Reasoning. 12, 235-255

Walsh, C.R. and Byrne, R.M.J. (2004). Counterfactual thinking: the temporal order effect. Memory & Cognition, 32,  369-378.

Byrne, R.M.J. (2002). Mental models and counterfactual thinking. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 6, 405-445

McCloy, R. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2002).  Semifactual “Even If” Thinking. Thinking & Reasoning, 8,  41-67.

Segura, S. Fernandez-Berrocal, P. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2002).  Temporal and causal order effects in counterfactual thinking. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 55, 1295-1305.

Byrne, R.M.J. & McEleney, A. (2000)  Counterfactual thinking about actions and failures to act.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 26, 1318-1331.

Byrne, R.M.J., Segura, S., Culhane, R., Tasso, A., & Berrocal, P.  (2000) The temporality effect in counterfactual thinking about what might have been. Memory & Cognition,  28, 264-281.

McCloy, R. & Byrne, R.M.J.  (2000) Counterfactual thinking about controllable actions. Memory & Cognition, 28, 1071-1078.

Byrne, R.M.J. (1998). Spatial mental models in counterfactual thinking about what might have been. Kognitionswissenschaft,   7, 19-26.

Byrne, R.M.J. (1997). Cognitive processes in counterfactual thinking about what might have been. The Psychology of Learning and Motivation,  Advances in Research and Theory.  Vol 37. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.  pp. 105-154.

Book chapters and conference proceedings:

Byrne, R.M.J. (in press). Counterfactual thinking. In A. Kind (ed). Handbook of
Philosophy of Imagination. Routledge.

Byrne, R. M.J. (2013). Counterfactual Reasoning. In D.S. Dunn (Ed). Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Meehan, J. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2013). The development of the rational imagination. In Barouillet, P. & Gauffroy, C. (eds). The Development of Thinking. Hove: Psychology Press. Pp. 34-48.

Byrne, R.M.J.  (2011) Counterfactual and causal thoughts about exceptional events. In Hoerl, C., McCorduck, T., & Beck, E. (eds). Understanding counterfactuals, understanding causation: issues in philosophy and psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 208-229.

Dixon, J. E., & Byrne, R. M. J. (2009). If only counterfactuals and the  exceptionality effect. In N.A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of  the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society   Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. pp.2860-2865.

Byrne, R.M.J. & Girotto, V. (2009). Cognitive processes in counterfactual thinking.  In K. Markman, W. Klein & E. Suhr (eds), Handbook of mental simulation and human imagination Hove, Psychology Press. pp. 151-160.

Meehan, J.E. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2005). Children’s counterfactual thinking: The    temporal order effect. In B.G. Bara, L. Barsalou & M. Bucciarelli (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 1467-1473.

Walsh, C.R. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2005). The mental representation of what might have      been. In D. R. Mandel, D. J. Hilton, & P. Catellani (Eds.) The psychology of counterfactual thinking. London: Routledge. pp. 61-74.

Walsh, C.R. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2001). A computational model of counterfactual thinking: The temporal order effect. In J.D. Moore & K. Stenning (Eds.) Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 1078 – 1083.

McEleney, A. & Byrne, R. M. J. (2000). Counterfactual thinking and causal explanation. In García-Madruga, J., Carriedo, N. & González-Labra, M. J.. Mental Models in Reasoning. Madrid: UNED. pp. 301-314.

Segura, S., Berrocal, P. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2000). Temporal and causal relations in counterfactual thinking. In J. A. Garcia Madruga (Ed). Mental models and reasoning. Madrid: UNED. pp 327-336.

McCloy, R. & Byrne, R.M.J. (1999). Thinking about what might have been: if only, even if, causality and emotions.  In N. Hahn & S.C. Stoness (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st  Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society . Hillsdale: Erlbaum.

McEleney, A. & Byrne, R. M. J. (1999). Consequences of counterfactual reasoning and causal reasoning. In Bagnara, S. (Ed.), European Conference on Cognitive Science ’99  Siena, Italy:University of Siena. pp. 199- 205.

McEleney, A. & Byrne, R.M.J. (1998). Counterfactual thinking and causal explanation. In J. Dunnion, G. O’Hare, S. O’Nuaillain, R. Reilly & B. Smyth (Eds). AI and  Cognitive Science ’98. London: Springer-Verlag.

McCloy, R.A. & Byrne, R.M.J. (1998). Thinking about what might have been different and what might have been the same. In J. Dunnion, G. O’Hare, S. O’Nuaillain, R. Reilly & B. Smyth (Eds). AI and  Cognitive Science ’98. London: Springer-Verlag.

Byrne, R.M.J., and McEleney, A. (1997). Cognitive processes in regret for actions and inactions. In M. Shafto & P. Langley (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the  Cognitive Science  Society . Hillsdale: Erlbaum. pp 73-78.

Byrne, R.M.J. (1996). Towards a model theory of imaginary thinking. In J. Oakhill and A.Garnham (Eds.) Mental Models in Cognitive Science: Essays in honour of Phil Johnson-Laird. Hove, UK: Erlbaum, Taylor & Francis.  pp. 155-174.

Byrne, R.M.J., Culhane, R., and Tasso, A. (1995). The temporality effect in thinking about what might have been.  In J.D. Moore and J.F. Lehman (Eds.) Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science  Society . Hillsdale: Erlbaum.pp. 385-390.

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