Learning & Behavior

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 337–347 | Cite as

Adult humans’ understanding of support relations: an up-linkage replication

  • Francisco J. Silva
  • Merritt I. ten Hope
  • Ali L. Tucker


In an up-linkage replication, three experiments examined adult humans’ folk physics, i.e., their naturally occurring and spontaneous understanding of the physical world, using a violation of expectation (VOE) task and stimuli similar to those used to study chimpanzees’, monkeys’, and rooks’ folk physics. Unlike what has been reported with nonhuman primates, adult humans did not look longer at physically impossible than possible events, though they did rate the physically impossible events as more interesting and novel than the possible events. These results underscore that behavior during a VOE experiment has many possible causes, only one of which may be a subject’s folk physics.


Up-linkage Folk physics Support relations Looking time response Humans 


Author Note

We thank Armando Machado and Kathleen Silva for their feedback and assistance, and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions, particularly with regard to up-linkage replications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco J. Silva
    • 1
  • Merritt I. ten Hope
    • 1
  • Ali L. Tucker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of RedlandsRedlandsUSA

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