When does a response error become a judgmental bias? Commentary on “Judged frequency of lethal events.”

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Argues that inaccuracies in Ss' frequency judgments of lethal events noted in the study by S. Lichtenstein (see record 1980-20983-001) have not been shown to have any necessary connection to psychological mechanisms. Therefore, it seems tenuous to offer psychological interpretations of judgmental biases when the origins of those biases have not yet been identified. (6 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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