Thinking and Deciding

Thinking and Deciding

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by Jonathan Baron
     
 

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Beginning with its first edition and through subsequent editions, Thinking and Deciding has established itself as the required text and important reference work for students and scholars of human cognition and rationality. In this fourth edition, first published in 2007, Jonathan Baron retains the comprehensive attention to the key questions addressed in the previous

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Beginning with its first edition and through subsequent editions, Thinking and Deciding has established itself as the required text and important reference work for students and scholars of human cognition and rationality. In this fourth edition, first published in 2007, Jonathan Baron retains the comprehensive attention to the key questions addressed in the previous editions - how should we think? What, if anything, keeps us from thinking that way? How can we improve our thinking and decision making? - and his expanded treatment of topics such as risk, utilitarianism, Baye's theorem, and moral thinking. With the student in mind, the fourth edition emphasises the development of an understanding of the fundamental concepts in judgement and decision making. This book is essential reading for students and scholars in judgement and decision making and related fields, including psychology, economics, law, medicine, and business.

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Times Higher Education Supplement
Baron has taken on the task of examining in detail the fill range and diversity ofpsychological research which helps him and us to understand the nature of thinking as he sees it, and to explore its application to teaching. It is a heroic effort, and thoroughly recommended.
Booknews
When he wrote the first edition (1988), Baron (U. of Pennsylvania) intended to provide background for those who wanted to teach thinking and decision making in schools, and a text for an undergraduate psychology course. That and the second edition, however, were used for advanced and graduate courses and as a medical reference, so here he abandons early designs, and shifts the emphasis to decision making to be useful to researchers in medicine, business, public policy, and law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“… An impressively broad and serious guide to the psychology of thinking and deciding.” Choice

“This volume represents an impressive textbook that is worthy of consideration in courses on thinking and decision making. … Well written and well produced.” – Contemporary Psychology

“Baron has taken on the task of examining in detail the full range and diversity of psychological research which helps him and us to understand the nature of thinking as he sees it, and to explore its application to teaching. It is a heroic effort, and thoroughly recommended.” Times Higher Education Supplement

“This magisterial book ... lays out the issues in exemplary fashion ... . This book is as balanced and clear as one is likely to find. It is an outstanding introduction to and summary of the psychology of decision making and should be widely read.” Medical Decision Making

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107386303
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/22/2006
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

Jonathan Baron is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Baron's research is based on the utilitarian idea that society should be organized to do the most good (or to maximize utility). Some of his research examines people's intuitive principles for decision-making and moral judgement, and explores how these principles can stand in the way of doing the most good. Baron is the author of Rationality and Intelligence (1985); Thinking and Deciding (1988, 1994, 2000), a widely used textbook for advanced undergraduates and beyond; Morality and Rational Choice (1993), Judgement Misguided: Intuition and Error in Public Decision Making (1998); and Against Bioethics (2006). He has also co-edited three books and published over 175 papers and chapters. He is the editor of the journal Judgement and Decision Making, and he is currently president of the Society for Judgement and Decision Making. He holds a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Michigan and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Psychological Society.

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SalJune More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic, a reference book for those scholars and professionals interested in how human beings think and decide. To begin with, it establishes definitions for basic concepts such as judgment and intuition. My area of interest is morality. So, I found the chapter on moral judgment and choice especially helpful. The specific scenarios chosen to illustrate certain principles are very clarifying.