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counterfactual

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counterfactual conditional

a conditional statement, of the form ‘if a , then b’, in which the assertion is that ‘were a to have occurred, then b would have followed’, as in ‘had the Greeks lost the Battle of Marathon, then a different historical outcome from the uniquely Western route to modernity would have been the outcome’. Since the ‘antecedent’ (the first clause of the statement) in such counterfactual statements is unfulfilled, the empirical assessment of the claim involved in the ‘consequent’ (the second clause) presents some difficulties. The plausibility of such statements depends on the possibility of citing convincing supporting evidence which can justify the conditional statement.
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The eye-tracking method provided sensitive information on when readers had inferred the appropriate counterfactual emotion for the character.
In it, we don't check if one event happens after another (correlation), but if the second event would not occur if the first event did not transpire (counterfactual).
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The counterfactual thinking appears to be a constructive process that requires of the integration of different cognitive functions and psychological processes which depend on an integrative network of systems for effective processing, mental simulation, and cognitive control, including cortical and subcortical structures (1,8,9).
Thought experiments are perhaps the most familiar mode of counterfactual causal reasoning.
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