How to Think Straight About Psychology / Edition 7

How to Think Straight About Psychology / Edition 7

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by Keith E. Stanovich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205360939

ISBN-13: 9780205360932

Pub. Date: 07/18/2003

Publisher: Pearson

How to Think Straight About Psychology is a concise and easy-to-read "handbook" that evaluates the most important concepts and issues in psychology. Written in an engaging and nontechnical style, this acclaimed book, now in its fifth edition, highlights the essential concepts of falsifiability, operationism, experimental control, converging evidence, and correlational…  See more details below

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How to Think Straight About Psychology is a concise and easy-to-read "handbook" that evaluates the most important concepts and issues in psychology. Written in an engaging and nontechnical style, this acclaimed book, now in its fifth edition, highlights the essential concepts of falsifiability, operationism, experimental control, converging evidence, and correlational versus experimental studies, as well as the importance of statistics. This topical coverage illustrates to students of psychology that human behavior and mental life are studied using empirical methods of science and demonstrates how to think critically about the many claims - and candidly deals with the many misconceptions - in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205360932
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
07/18/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on the Fourth Edition
Preface
Ch. 1Psychology Is Alive and Well (And Doing Fine Among the Sciences)1
Ch. 2Falsifiability: A Discourse on How to Foil Little Green Men in the Head21
Ch. 3Operationism and Essentialism: "But, Doctor, What Does It Really Mean?"35
Ch. 4Testimonials and Case Study Evidence: Placebo Effects and the Amazing Randi49
Ch. 5Correlation and Causation: Birth Control by the Toaster Method69
Ch. 6Getting Things Under Control: The Case of Clever Hans79
Ch. 7"But It's Not Real Life!": The "Artificiality" Criticism and Psychology91
Ch. 8Avoiding the Einstein Syndrome: The Importance of Converging Evidence105
Ch. 9The Misguided Search for the "Magic Bullet": Multiple Causation127
Ch. 10The Achilles' Heel of Human Cognition: Probabilistic Reasoning133
Ch. 11The Rodney Dangerfield of the Sciences171
References199
Index219

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Wish I Wrote This! This book is essential for all those considering the study of psychology and are not sure if it’s just pseudoscience. It would also be great for layperson as it teaches valuable critical thinking skills that will come into play anytime you are evaluating information. This is refreshing reminder of why psychology is such a valuable area of science today.