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date: 17 February 2019

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This chapter aims to identify the environmental cues that an organism may use to infer that a causal relationship is present. It begins with a consideration of experiments involving punctate events, then presents three frameworks used in the psychology of causality: Bayesian, associative, and perceptual approaches. It examines the utility of traditional cues of causality for studies involving dynamic object interactions, and then considers how the relative importance of these cues might be altered by environmental complexity. The chapter closes with a discussion of the theoretical and empirical challenges of attempts to extend the established framework to these new domains.

Keywords: causal relations, punctate events, dynamic object interactions, causality cues, environmental cues

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