Critical Thinking in Psychology

ISBN-10: 0521608341

ISBN-13: 9780521608343

Edition: 2006

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Description: Good scientific research depends on critical thinking at least as much as factual knowledge; psychology is no exception to this rule. And yet, despite the importance of critical thinking, psychology students are rarely taught how to think critically about the theories, methods, and concepts they must use. This book shows students and researchers how to think critically about key topics such as experimental research, statistical inference, case studies, logical fallacies, and ethical judgments.

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Book details

List price: $31.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of Illustrations and Tables
List of Contributors
Preface
The Nature and Nurture of Critical Thinking
Evaluating Experimental Research: Critical Issues
Critical Thinking in Quasi-Experimentation
Evaluating Surveys and Questionnaires
Critical Thinking in Designing and Analyzing Research
The Case Study Perspective on Psychological Research
Informal Logical Fallacies
Designing Studies to Avoid Confounds
Evaluating Theories
Not All Experiments Are Created Equal: On Conducting and Reporting Persuasive Experiments
Making Claims in Papers and Talks
Critical Thinking in Clinical Inference
Evaluating Parapsychological Claims
Why Would Anyone Do or Believe Such a Thing? A Social Influence Analysis
The Belief Machine
Critical Thinking and Ethics in Psychology
Critical Thinking in Psychology: It Really Is Critical
Author Index
Subject Index
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