How to Think Straight about Psychology

ISBN-10: 0205485138
ISBN-13: 9780205485130
Edition: 8th 2007 (Revised)
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Description: Keith Stanovich's widely used and highly acclaimed book helps readers become more discriminating consumers of psychological information, helping them recognize pseudoscience and be able to distinguish it from true psychological research. Stanovich  More...

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Book details

List price: $46.40
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Keith Stanovich's widely used and highly acclaimed book helps readers become more discriminating consumers of psychological information, helping them recognize pseudoscience and be able to distinguish it from true psychological research. Stanovich helps instructors teach critical thinking skills within the rich context of psychology. It is the leading text of its kind. "How to Think Straight About Psychology" says about the discipline of psychology what many instructors would like to say but haven't found a way to. That is one reason adopters have called it "an instructor's dream text" and often comment "I wish I had written it. It tells my students just what I want them to hear about psychology."

Preface
Psychology Is Alive and Well (and Doing Fine Among the Sciences)
The Freud Problem
The Diversity of Modern Psychology
Implications of Diversity
Unity in Science
What, Then, Is Science?
Systematic Empiricism
Publicly Verifiable Knowledge: Replication and Peer Review
Empirically Solvable Problems: Scientists' Search for Testable Theories
Psychology and Folk Wisdom: The Problem with "Common Sense"
Psychology as a Young Science
Summary
Falsifiability: How to Foil Little Green Men in the Head
Theories and the Falsifiability Criterion
The Theory of Knocking Rhythms
Freud and Falsifiability
The Little Green Men
Not All Confirmations Are Equal
Falsifiability and Folk Wisdom
The Freedom to Admit a Mistake
Thoughts Are Cheap
Errors in Science: Getting Closer to the Truth
Summary
Operationism and Essentialism: "But, Doctor, What Does It Really Mean?"
Why Scientists Are Not Essentialists
Essentialists Like to Argue About the Meaning of Words
Operationists Link Concepts to Observable Events
Reliability and Validity
Direct and Indirect Operational Definitions
Scientific Concepts Evolve
Operational Definitions in Psychology
Operationism as a Humanizing Force
Essentialist Questions and the Misunderstanding of Psychology
Operationism and the Phrasing of Psychological Questions
Summary
Testimonials and Case Study Evidence: Placebo Effects and the Amazing Randi
The Place of the Case Study
Why Testimonials Are Worthless: Placebo Effects
The "Vividness" Problem
The Overwhelming Impact of the Single Case
The Amazing Randi: Fighting Fire with Fire
Testimonials Open the Door to Pseudoscience
Summary
Correlation and Causation: Birth Control by the Toaster Method
The Third-Variable Problem: Goldberger and Pellagra
Why Goldberger's Evidence Was Better
The Directionality Problem
Selection Bias
Summary
Getting Things Under Control: The Case of Clever Hans
Snow and Cholera
Comparison, Control, and Manipulation
Random Assignment in Conjunction with Manipulation Defines the True Experiment
The Importance of Control Groups
The Case of Clever Hans, the Wonder Horse
Clever Hans in the 1990s
Prying Variables Apart: Special Conditions
Intuitive Physics
Intuitive Psychology
Summary
"But It's Not Real Life!": The "Artificiality" Criticism and Psychology
Why Natural Isn't Always Necessary
The "Random Sample" Confusion
The Random Assignment Versus Random Sample Distinction
Theory-Driven Research Versus Direct Applications
Applications of Psychological Theory
The "College Sophomore" Problem
The Real-Life and College Sophomore Problems in Perspective
Summary
Avoiding the Einstein Syndrome: The Importance of Converging Evidence
The Connectivity Principle
A Consumer's Rule: Beware of Violations of Connectivity
The "Great-Leap" Model Versus the Gradual-Synthesis Model
Converging Evidence: Progress Despite Flaws
Converging Evidence in Psychology
Scientific Consensus
Methods and the Convergence Principle
The Progression to More Powerful Methods
A Counsel Against Despair
Summary
The Misguided Search for the "Magic Bullet": The Issue of Multiple Causation
The Concept of Interaction
The Temptation of the Single-Cause Explanation
Summary
The Achilles' Heel of Human Cognition: Probabilistic Reasoning
"Person-Who" Statistics
Probabilistic Reasoning and the Misunderstanding of Psychology
Psychological Research on Probabilistic Reasoning
Insufficient Use of Probabilistic Information
Failure to Use Sample Size Information
The Gambler's Fallacy
A Further Word About Statistics and Probability
Summary
The Role of Chance in Psychology
The Tendency to Try to Explain Chance Events
Explaining Chance: Illusory Correlation and the Illusion of Control
Chance and Psychology
Coincidence
Personal Coincidences
Accepting Error in Order to Reduce Error: Clinical Versus Actuarial Prediction
Summary
The Rodney Dangerfield of the Sciences
Psychology's Image Problem
Psychology and Parapsychology
The Self-Help Literature
Recipe Knowledge
Psychology and Other Disciplines
Our Own Worst Enemies
Isn't Everyone a Psychologist? Implicit Theories of Behavior
The Source of Resistance to Scientific Psychology
The Final Word
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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