Strong Flying Women and Weak Invisible Men: How People Make Counterintuitive Concepts Coherent

M. Afzal UpalDefence R & D Canada

Abstract

This paper reports on a set of studies designed to investigate how people understand superhuman concepts that are of interest to cognitive scientists of religion. Similar to findings of previous studies of surprising social conceptual combinations, we found that people generated numerous emergent properties for such concepts. These results support the knowledge-based models of conceptual combination, in particular the context-based model of the minimal counterintuitiveness effect.

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