The Nature of Reasoning / Edition 1

The Nature of Reasoning / Edition 1

by Jacqueline P. Leighton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521009286

ISBN-13: 9780521009287

Pub. Date: 11/30/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Reasoning to the mind is like breathing to the lungs. We are constantly doing it, but rarely take notice. If it fails, however, we are paralyzed. Imagine being unable to infer conclusions from a conversation or being unable to reach a solution to an important life problem. This book focuses on how people draw conclusions from information and discusses the roles that…  See more details below

Overview

Reasoning to the mind is like breathing to the lungs. We are constantly doing it, but rarely take notice. If it fails, however, we are paralyzed. Imagine being unable to infer conclusions from a conversation or being unable to reach a solution to an important life problem. This book focuses on how people draw conclusions from information and discusses the roles that the brain, our memory, and our knowledge play in drawing conclusions in everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521009287
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1Defining and Describing Reason3
2Reasoning and Brain Function12
3Working Memory and Reasoning49
4The Role of Prior Belief in Reasoning78
5Task Understanding103
6Strategies and Knowledge Representation129
7Mental Models and Reasoning169
8Mental-Logic Theory: What It Proposes, and Reasons to Take This Proposal Seriously205
9Heuristics and Reasoning I: Making Deduction Simple234
10Cognitive Heuristics: Reasoning the Fast and Frugal Way273
11The Assessment of Logical Reasoning291
12The Development of Deductive Reasoning313
13The Evolution of Reasoning339
14Individual Differences in Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making375
15Teaching Reasoning410
16What do We Know about the Nature of Reasoning?443
Index456

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