What does the Cognitive Reflection Test really measure?

  • The cognitive reflection test (CRT; Frederick, 2005) is a three-question task widely used to measure people’s tendency to override an initial incorrect intuition and substitute it with a reflective, correct  answer. Nevertheless, unstructured reports from experimenters imply that most people who initially give the “intuitive” answer will be stuck with that answer, even with incentives to encourage further thinking. In this project, we use a process tracing method to track how people’s responses on the CRT evolve with time. Most importantly, we try to answer the following question: do people switch from the “intuitive” answer to the correct answer after “reflection”?