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The Psychology of Thinking
Reasoning, Decision-Making and Problem-Solving

Second Edition


October 2020 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Psychology of Thinking is an engaging, interesting and easy-to-follow guide into the essential concepts behind our reasoning, decision-making and problem-solving. Clearly structured into 3 sections, this book will;

  • Introduce your students to organisation of thought including memory, language and concepts;
  • Expand their understanding of reasoning including inference and induction as well as motivation and the impact of mood;
  • Improve their thinking in action, focusing on decision-making and problem-solving.

Suitable for any course in which students need to develop their judgement and decision-making skills, this book uses clever examples of real-world situations to help them understand and apply the theories discussed to their everyday thinking.

 
Section 1: The Organization of Human Thought
 
Chapter 1: The Psychology of Thinking
 
Chapter 2: The Psychology of Similarity
 
Chapter 3: Knowledge and Memory
 
Chapter 4: Concepts and Categories
 
Chapter 5: Language and Thought
 
Section 2: Thinking and Reasoning
 
Chapter 6: Inference and Induction
 
Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
 
Chapter 8: Context, Motivation, and Mood
 
Section 3: Thinking in Action: Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Expertise
 
Chapter 9: Decision-Making
 
Chapter 10: Problem-Solving
 
Chapter 11: Expertise and Expert Thinking

The new edition provides an enhanced pedagogical structure, helping to further engage students with the content and aid their understanding of the concepts. Firstly, there are two newly boxed in-text features,, 'Theory in the real world’ and 'Examples in practice', both of which are designed to help students understand how the theory discussed applies to both their real-world everyday and their practice. The new edition also features brand new 'Questions to think about' at the end of each chapter, challenging students to further their understanding and consolidate their learning, as well as 'Objectives' at the start of each chapter helping to focus and frame students' learning. 

Fully updated throughout, to include more global-friendly content, this new edition is suitable for students regardless of where they are studying.

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John Paul Minda

John Paul Minda is a Professor of Psychology and a member of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University, in London, Ontario. As a researcher, he is interested in thinking as it relates to concepts and categories. He runs a research laboratory that investigates how people learn new categories and represent them with concepts. He also studies how conceptual structure interacts with and affects behavioural outcomes. He has done research on medical expertise and on the kinds of reasoning tasks that physicians engage in. As an instructor, and as a psychologist in general, he is interested in other aspects of thinking as well. Every year... More About Author

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