Walter Sá

Landscape photo taken by Walter Sa

Associate Professor - Cognitive Science

  • B.A., University of Western Ontario
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Toronto

Office: 2210 AuSable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-3705

Email: [email protected]



Cognitive Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 311 - Controversial Issues in Psychology
PSY 325 - Educational Psychology
PSY 365 - Cognition
PSY 399 - Independent Readings
PSY 499 - Independent Study & Research

Research interests

My general interests are in the psychology of thinking and reasoning.  I'm especially interested in reasoning biases, critical thinking and the theoretical frameworks that account for the individual differences in these constructs along with dual process models.


Sá, W. C., Kelley, C., Ho, C. & Stanovich, K. E. (2005). Thinking about personal theories: Individual differences in the coordination of theory and evidence. Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 1149-1161.

Stanovich, K. E., Sá, W. C. & West, R. F. (2004). Individual differences in thinking, reasoning, and decision making. In Leighton, J. P. & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.) The Nature of Reasoning. Cambridge University Press.

Sá, W. C., & Stanovich, K. E. (2001). The domain specificity and generality of mental contamination: Accuracy and projection in judgments of mental content. British Journal of Psychology, 92, 281-302.

Sá, W. C., West, R. F. & Stanovich, K. E. (1999). The domain specificity and generality of belief bias: Searching for a generalizable critical thinking skill. Journal of Educational Psychology, 91(3), 497-510.

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