Higher Education

Critical Thinking in Psychology: Separating Sense from Nonsense, 2nd Edition

  • John Ruscio Elizabethtown College
  • ISBN-10: 0534634591  |  ISBN-13: 9780534634599
  • 256 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $85.75

About

Overview

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.

Table of Contents

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.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"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."

— Arno Kolz, Manhattan College

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Research in Action DVD Volume i, 1st Edition 2008  (ISBN-10: 0495595209 | ISBN-13: 9780495595205)

Research in Action features the work of research psychologists to give students an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research--not just who is doing it, but also how it is done, and how and where the results are being used. By taking students into the laboratories of both established and up-and-coming researchers, and by showing research results being applied outside of the laboratory, these videos offer insight into both the research process and the many ways in which real people's lives are affected by research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.

Student Supplements

Bundle: Text + InfoTracĀ® College Edition  (ISBN-10: 0495039756 | ISBN-13: 9780495039754)

Do you 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 upon which you can base your evaluation of information.

List Price = $113.95  | CengageBrain Price = $113.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $85.76

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John Ruscio

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.