John Ruscio Critical Thinking In Psychology

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Do your students have the tools to distinguish between the true science of human thought and behavior from pop psychology? John Ruscio's book provides a tangible and compelling framework for making that distinction. Because we are inundated with "scientific" claims, the author does not merely differentiate science and pseudoscience, but goes further to teach the fundamentals of scientific reasoning on which students can base their evaluation of information.

About the Author

John Ruscio is Associate Professor of Psychology at Elizabethtown College, where he teaches courses in Research Methods and Statistics, and Research Methods in Social Psychology. His research interests include decision-making, classification and diagnosis and taxometric methods.

"I like the content of the Ruscio book because it teaches reasoning, encourages students to think critically, and challenges many pre-conceived nOtions they believe because of the mainstream media." -I like the content of the Ruscio book because it teaches reasoning, encourages students to think critically, and challenges many pre-conceived nOtions they believe because of the mainstream media.-

Evaluating Sources Whether in Print or on the World Wide Web. 1. Introduction: Pseudoscience and the Need for Critical Thinking. 2. Science: Evaluating Claims to Knowledge. 3. Language: Misleading and Evasive Tactics. 4. Magic: The Allure of Exotic Rituals, Fantasy, and Mysticism. 5. Authority: Appeals to Blind Obedience. 6. Experience: The Limitations of Testimonials as Evidence. 7. Plausibility: All Beliefs Are Not Created Equal. 8. Association: Establishing and Interpreting Correlations. 9. Risk: Biased Perceptions and the Media Paradox. 10. Belief: Confirmation Bias, Post-Hockery, and Overconfidence. 11. Schemes: The Seductiveness of Grand Conspiracy Theories. 12. Illusions: The Perception of Control. 13. Assessment: Classical Decision Theory. 14. Decisions: Clinical Vs. Statistical Approaches. 15. Ethics: The Use and Promotion of Unverified Treatments. 16. Tools: Suggestions for Critical Thinking.

ISBN: 9780534634599
ISBN-10: 0534634591
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th July 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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Do your students have the tools to distinguish between the true science of human thought and behavior from pop psychology? John Ruscio's book provides a tangible and compelling framework for making that distinction. Because we are inundated with "scientific" claims, the author does not merely differentiate science and pseudoscience, but goes further to teach the fundamentaDo your students have the tools to distinguish between the true science of human thought and behavior from pop psychology? John Ruscio's book provides a tangible and compelling framework for making that distinction. Because we are inundated with "scientific" claims, the author does not merely differentiate science and pseudoscience, but goes further to teach the fundamentals of scientific reasoning on which students can base their evaluation of information....more

Paperback, 256 pages

Published July 26th 2005 by Wadsworth Publishing (first published 2001)

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