Arguing, reasoning, and the interpersonal (cultural) functions of human consciousness

Roy F. Baumeister, E. J. Masicampo, C. Nathan Dewall

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Our recent work suggests that (1) the purpose of human conscious thought is participation in social and cultural groups, and (2) logical reasoning depends on conscious thought. These mesh well with the argument theory of reasoning. In broader context, the distinctively human traits are adaptations for culture and inner processes serve interpersonal functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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