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The Psychology of Thinking

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

Whilst this book is primarily aimed at students of psychology, it is a really useful general resource for anyone interested in thinking and reasoning. Lawyers who understand the psychological context of thinking and reasoning will be able to distinguish good from bad thinking whether in the context of litigation or general legal advice. This book will help. Whilst the whole book is useful, I will direct students to particular chapters, especially in Part 2. This is a good, accessible book that can be used in many different courses and beyond.

Mr Per Laleng
Kent Law School, University of Kent
September 10, 2021

I was not able to download this book and review it

Professor Wendy Hu
School of Medicine, Western Sydney University - Penrith Campus
February 22, 2021

Creative thinking is one of the civil engineers critical skills and up until now I hadn't discovered an text booked that explained the many facets of thinking is such a succinct and clear style. I may well be recommending this for other courses I deliver.

Dr Ciaran McAleenan
School of the Built Environment (Jordanstown Campus), Ulster University
December 14, 2020

Some excellent chapters around memory, language and thought which will be useful to students on our postgraduate programmes.

Mrs Jan Beechey
Education and Training, Dyslexia Action
February 24, 2021

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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