Cognition and communication: Judgmental biases, research methods, and the logic of conversation

This book introduces social science researchers to the “logic of conversation” developed by Paul Grice, a philosopher of language, who proposed the cooperative principle and a set of maxims on which conversationalists implicitly rely. [The author] applies this framework to a wide range of topics, including research on person perception, decision making, and the emergence of context effects in attitude measurement and public opinion research. Experimental studies reveal that the biases generally seen in such research are, in part, a function of violations of Gricean conversational norms. The author discusses implications for the design of experiments and questionnaires and addresses the socially contextualized nature of human judgment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the cover)