Critical Thinking for Psychology

ISBN-10: 1405191171
ISBN-13: 9781405191173
Edition: 2011 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)
Authors: Mark Forshaw
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Getting Started on Critical Thinking
What is critical thinking?
Defining critical thinking
Psychology and critical thinking
Chapter 1 - Critical Questions
Logic and the Philosophy of Critical Thinking
Non sequitur
Slippery slope
Tu quoque
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
Argument from ignorance
Shifting the burden of proof
Special pleading
The straw person
False binary opposition
Ad hominem fallacy
Begging the question
Appeal to questionable authority
Socratic questioning: the ancient art of 'But why?'
Why prioritise critical thinking?
Chapter 2 - Critical Questions
Critical Thinking in the Wider World
Am I bovvered?
More about Grice's Maxims
The arts
Offence in art
Aesthetics in art
Talent in art
Comparative art
Understanding art
Final comments on art
Applying critical thinking to the language of advertising
Ambiguity
Libel and the law
When is a review not a review?
The unqualified opinion
The unfair review
The wrong end of the stick
Irrelevance and axe grinding
Occam's Razor
The great examination debate
University league tables
Reflection and critical thinking
Chapter 3 - Critical Questions
Critical Thinking Inside Psychology
Systematic reviews
Critical thinking in statistics and probability
The Texas sharpshooter fallacy
The gambler's fallacy, the clustering illusion, apophenia, pareidolia and other wonderful things
Pseudoscience and the enemies of psychology
Jargon
Training
Secrecy and mystery
Stasis
Psychology as a protoscience
Three enemies of psychology
Discourse analysis: a practical application of critical thinking
Critical thinking in research methods and statistics
Correlation and causation
Control groups
Blind and double-blind
Observation and interpretation
History repeating itself
The wrong analysis
'Bigging up' weak results
Borderline findings and margins of error
Clinical significance versus statistical significance
Crime statistics
Critical thinking in health psychology
Complementary and alternative medicine
Critical thinking in cognitive psychology
Critical thinking in social psychology
Critical thinking in biological psychology
Chapter 4 - Critical Questions
Putting Critical Thinking to Use: Getting Good Grades
Sample mini-essays: compare and contrast
Understanding Feedback
Politeness
Being too descriptive
Academic style
Answering the question
Lacking depth
Lacking structure or planning
Citing your sources
Learning for thinking
Chapter 5 - Critical Questions
Getting Fit for Critical Thinking
Fostering a critical mindset
A sense of externality
Mindfulness
Critical reading
Summarising
Chapter 6 - Critical Questions
Concluding Remarks
Exercises in Critical Thinking
Checklist for Critical Thinking
Your own checklist
Glossary
References
Further Reading
Index

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