Experimental philosophy Group

The Experimental Philosophy group at Arizona State is an interdisciplinary research group headed by Dr. Zachary Horne, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Ángel Pinillos, Associate Professor of Philosophy. Students working in the lab have the opportunity to learn the empirical and statistical methods traditionally associated with psychology to address questions of philosophical significance.

Much of our work focuses on questions about knowledge and, recently, its development in children. We also have ongoing projects on explanatory reasoning and theory change in the history of science.

Related Papers:

Horne, Z. & Cimpian, A.  (submitted). Intuitions about personal identity are rooted in essentialist thinking across development.

Horne, Z. & Cimpian, A.  (2018). Subtle syntactic cues affect intuitions about knowledge: Methodological and theoretical implications for epistemologyOxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy. 

Nichols, S. & Pinillos, N. Á. (2018). Skepticism and the Acquisition of KnowledgeMind & Language.

Pinillos, N. Á., Smith, N., Nair, G. S., Marchetto, P., & Mun, C. (2011). Philosophy's new challenge: experiments and intentional actionMind & Language.

Powell, D.,  Horne, Z ., Pinillos, N. Á. & Holyoak, K. (2015). A Bayesian framework for knowledge attribution: Evidence from semantic integrationCognition.

 

Methodology and Open Science

Our lab members maintain Open Science Framework accounts, which contains registrations, data, materials, and analysis scripts for all of our ongoing and published work. Along with conducting open science in our lab, we also have active projects in the philosophy of science examining the methodological practices and assumptions of psychologists and philosophers. 

Related Papers:

Horne, Z. & Livengood, J. (2015). Ordering effects, updating effects, and the specter of skepticismSynthese.

Pritschet, L.*, Powell, D.* & Horne, Z.* (2016). Marginally significant effects as evidence for hypotheses: Changing attitudes over four decadesPsychological Science.