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

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Tony Ward, C Nee
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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Journal

Psychology, crime and law

Volume

15

Issue

2-3

Pagination

165 - 182

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

1068-316X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Taylor & Francis

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