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For courses in introductory psychology, critical thinking, and research and experimental methods.
Market-leading consumer’s guide to assessing psychological claims
Widely used and highly acclaimed, How to Think Straight About Psychology introduces students to the critical thinking skills they need to independently evaluate psychological information. Students will learn to analyze psychological claims found in the media, distinguish between pseudoscience and true psychological research, and apply psychological knowledge to the world around them. The 11th edition covers an extensive range of new topics and examples illustrating psychological principles, pseudoscience, and issues obscuring the real and growing knowledge base in the field of psychology.
Table of contents
1. Psychology Is Alive and Well (and Doing Fine Among the Sciences)
2. Falsifiability: How to Foil Little Green Men in the Head
3. Operationism and Essentialism: “But, Doctor, What Does It Really Mean?”
4. Testimonials and Case Study Evidence: Placebo Effects and the Amazing Randi
5. Correlation and Causation: Birth Control by the Toaster Method
6. Getting Things Under Control: The Case of Clever Hans
7. “But It’s Not Real Life!”: The “Artificiality” Criticism and Psychology
8. Avoiding the Einstein Syndrome: The Importance of Converging Evidence
9. The Misguided Search for the “Magic Bullet”: The Issue of Multiple Causation
10. The Achilles’ Heel of Human Cognition: Probabilistic Reasoning
11. The Role of Chance in Psychology
12. The Rodney Dangerfield of the Sciences
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