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How To Think Straight About Psychology: Pearson New International Edition (häftad)

How To Think Straight About Psychology: Pearson New International Edition

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For introductory psychology courses at two year or four year institutions. Also for specialty classes throughout the discipline that focus on critical thinking, science vs. pseudoscience, and discrimating valid research in the field.


Keith Stanovich's widely used and highly acclaimed book helps students become more discriminating consumers of psychological information, helping them recognize pseudoscience and be able to distinguish it from true psychological research. Stanovich helps instructors teach critical thinking skills within the rich context of psychology.  It is the leading text of its kind. 


How to Think Straight About Psychology says about the discipline of psychology what many instructors would like to say but haven't found a way to.  That is one reason adopters have called it an instructor's dream text and often comment I wish I had written it.  It tells my students just what I want them to hear about psychology.
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1. Psychology Is Alive and Well (and Doing Fine Among the Sciences)


The Freud Problem

The Diversity of Modern Psychology

 Implications of Diversity

Unity in Science

What, Then, Is Science?

Systematic Empiricism

 Publicly Verifiable Knowledge: Replication and Peer Review

 Empirically Solvable Problems: Scientists Search for Testable Theories

Psychology and Folk Wisdom: The Problem with Common Sense

Psychology as a Young Science




2. Falsifiability: How to Foil Little Green Men in the Head


Theories and the Falsifiability Criterion

 The Theory of Knocking Rhythms

 Freud and Falsifiability

 The Little Green Men

 Not All Confirmations Are Equal

 Falsifiability and Folk Wisdom

 The Freedom to Admit a Mistake

 Thoughts Are Cheap

Errors in Science: Getting Closer to the Truth



 3. Operationism and Essentialism: But, Doctor, What Does It Really Mean?


Why Scientists Are Not Essentialists

 Essentialists Like to Argue About the Meaning of Words

 Operationists Link Concepts to Observable Events

 Reliability and Validity

 Direct and Indirect Operational Definitions

 Scientific Concepts Evolve

Operational Definitions in Psychology

 Operationism as a Humanizing Force

 Essentialist Questions and the Misunderstanding of Psychology

 Operationism and the Phrasing of Psychological Questions




4. Testimonials and Case Study Evidence: Placebo Effects and the Amazing Randi


The Place of the Case Study

Why Testimonials Are Worthless: Placebo Effects

The Vividness Problem

 The Overwhelming Impact of the Single Case

 The Amazing Randi: Fighting Fire with Fire

Testimonials Open the Door to Pseudoscience




5. Correlation and Causation: Birth Control by the Toaster Method


The Third-Variable Problem: Goldberger and Pellagra

 Why Goldbergers Evidence Was Better

The Directionality Problem

Selection Bias




6. Getting Things Under Control: The Case of Clever Hans


Snow and Cholera

Comparison, Control, and Manipulation

 Random Assignment in Conjunction with Manipulation Defines the True Experiment

 The Importance of Control Groups

 The Case of Clever Hans, the Wonder Horse

 Clever Hans in the 1990s

 Prying Variables Apart: Special Conditions

 Intuitive Physics

 Intuitive Psychology




7. But It...