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Surfaces and depths: evaluating the theoretical assumptions of cognitive skills programmes

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Cognitive skills programmes for offenders such as Reasoning and Rehabilitation (R & R) have been around now for over 20 years and were developed in part to address their poor reasoning and decision-making skills. In this paper we critically examine the theoretical underpinnings of the R & R programme in light of current theoretical developments and research from cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, biology, and psychology. After considering recent theoretical and empirical research on rationality, emotions, distributed cognition, and embodiment we conclude with some thoughts about how to fine-tune cognitive skills programmes such as R & R in light of this research.
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Keywords: cognitive skills; rationality; reasoning and rehabilitation; theory

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand 2: University of Portsmouth, UK

Publication date: February 1, 2009

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