Krull, D.S., & Anderson, C.A. (1997).

The process of explanation. 

Current Directions, 6, 1-5. 


A dynamic model of how explanations are generated, tested, and selected is presented. Relatively automatic processes dominate early phases of the explanation process. If sufficient resources and motivation are available, then more controlled processes are engaged in later phases. Once an event has occurred and been noticed, the explanation process begins as a part of automatic attempts to understand the event. The explanation process ends when satisfaction criteria are met or when resources are insufficient. Motivational variables can influence the process at several points, including noticing the event, formulating a model of the event, recruiting information to apply to the analysis, and judging the "satisfactoriness" of the initially selected explanation.

 © 1996 by Craig A. Anderson.

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