Inductive reasoning – Intro to Psychology

Inductive reasoning – Intro to Psychology


The other type of reasoning is inductive reasoning, and this is when we draw general conclusions from specific information. Now this is different than deductive reasoning where we can make certain and necessary correct conclusions. With inductive reasoning, we can only rely on highly likely outcomes. For example, you may say that all cats you’ve known have been friendly; therefore, all cats are friendly. And that may be the case for your experiences. But for me, I’ve known some friendly cats, but I was also attacked by a pack of feral cats when I was a little girl. Therefore, your inductive reasoning is different than my inductive reasoning, and we can’t be sure that we’ve come to the correct conclusion. But let’s go to Greg now and he’s going to discuss inductive reasoning in a little more detail.

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