How to Think Straight About Psychology / Edition 7

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205360932
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/18/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith E. Stanovich is currently Emeritus Professor of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of over 175 scientific articles and seven books. Stanovich is the 2012 recipient of the E. L. Thorndike Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association and the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award in Education. In 2000 he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. Stanovich is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 3, 7, 8, and 15) and the Association for Psychological Science.

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Fourth Edition
Preface
Ch. 1 Psychology Is Alive and Well (And Doing Fine Among the Sciences) 1
Ch. 2 Falsifiability: A Discourse on How to Foil Little Green Men in the Head 21
Ch. 3 Operationism and Essentialism: "But, Doctor, What Does It Really Mean?" 35
Ch. 4 Testimonials and Case Study Evidence: Placebo Effects and the Amazing Randi 49
Ch. 5 Correlation and Causation: Birth Control by the Toaster Method 69
Ch. 6 Getting Things Under Control: The Case of Clever Hans 79
Ch. 7 "But It's Not Real Life!": The "Artificiality" Criticism and Psychology 91
Ch. 8 Avoiding the Einstein Syndrome: The Importance of Converging Evidence 105
Ch. 9 The Misguided Search for the "Magic Bullet": Multiple Causation 127
Ch. 10 The Achilles' Heel of Human Cognition: Probabilistic Reasoning 133
Ch. 11 The Rodney Dangerfield of the Sciences 171
References 199
Index 219
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    I Wish I Wrote This! This book is essential for all those consi

    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.

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