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Critical Thinking in Psychology


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1. An introduction to critical thinking: maybe it will change your life Diane F. Halpern and Robert J. Sternberg; 2. Nobelists gone wild: case studies in the domain specificity of critical thinking Scott O. Lilienfeld, Candice Basterfield, Shauna M. Bowes and Thomas H. Costello; 3. Why science succeeds, and sometimes doesn't Jonathan Baron; 4. Critical thinking and the rejection of unsubstantiated claims D. Alan Bensley; 5. Promoting critical thinking by teaching, or taking, psychology courses Douglas A. Bernstein; 6. Avoiding and overcoming misinformation on the Internet Jason L. G. Braasch and Arthur C. Graesser; 7. Critical thinking impacts our everyday lives Heather A. Butler and Diane F. Halpern; 8. Research suffers when we all agree: how sociopolitical homogeneity impairs critical thinking in the academy Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams; 9. When all is just a click away: is critical thinking obsolete in the digital age? Gerd Gigerenzer; 10. Critical thinking: promise, progress, and paradox Jane S. Halonen and Dana S. Dunn; 11. Evaluating experimental research Henry L. Roediger, III and Jeremy K. Yamashiro; 12. Critical thinking as scientific reasoning: examining the power of sports momentum John Ruscio and Kevin Brady; 13. Critical thinking in STEM disciplines Robert J. Sternberg; 14. Why would anyone do or believe such a thing? A social influence analysis Anthony R. Pratkanis; 15. Conclusion: how to think critically about politics (and anything else!) Robert J. Sternberg and Diane F. Halpern.

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Pinpoints exactly what critical thinking is and uses cutting-edge research to show how to teach and assess it.

About the Author

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, New York, and Honorary Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University, Germany. Diane F. Halpern is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, California.


'Political polarization, healthcare scams, media misinformation - we live in a sea of hustles and biases! What's known about how critical thinking falters and how to do better are the powerful themes of this timely volume.' David Perkins, Harvard University, Massachusetts
'Critical thinking is rarely in abundant supply and its apparent death has become particularly salient in a time of 'fake news' and 'alternative facts'. By synthesizing research across the behavioral sciences, this superb book highlights what it takes to think critically, identifies obstacles and opportunities, and offers sage advice. It will be useful for years to come.' Norbert Schwarz, University of Southern California

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