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Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathan St B. T. Evans

September 2017

ISBN: 9780198787259

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Thinking is the essence of what it means to be human and defines us more than anything else as a species. Jonathan Evans explores cognitive psychological approaches to understanding the nature of thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.

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Thinking is the essence of what it means to be human and defines us more than anything else as a species. Jonathan Evans explores cognitive psychological approaches to understanding the nature of thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.

  • Analyses the uniquely human capacity to think and reason, which sets us apart from all other animals
  • Explores the psychological processes involved in problem solving, decision making, and reasoning
  • Describes the various approaches, from past theories to present day understanding of impact of past memory and cognitive biases
  • Part of the Very Short Introduction series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jonathan St B. T. Evans, Emeritus Professor, School of Psychology, Plymouth University

Jonathan St B. T. Evans is Emeritus Professor at the School of Psychology, Plymouth University, where he was previously Professor of Cognitive Psychology. He has spent his entire career in the study of thinking and reasoning, and was involved in setting up the journal of the same name (published by Taylor and Francis). He has authored a number of books, including Hypothetical Thinking (Psychology Press, 2007) and Thinking Twice (OUP, 2010), and two with the philosopher David Over, presenting a new theory of conditionals (Rationality and Reasoning, Psychology Press, 1996; If, OUP, 2004).

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction and history
    2:Problem solving
    3:Thinking hypothetically
    4:Decision making
    5:Reasoning
    6:Are we rational?
    7:From dual processes to two minds
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"This new addition to the "very short introduction" series a highly readable and thought provoking read ... This text is ideal reading for those studying psychology, problem solving, philosophy, cognitive bias, research design, evidence based practice, and anyone curious about why we think, reason and make choices." - Kate Jack, Nursing Times

"No one in our field but Jonathan Evans could pack so much information and erudition into such a small space. Only Evans could have spanned the areas of reasoning and decision making and tied them together through his deep knowledge of dual-process theory and hypothetical thinking." - Advance praise from Keith E. Stanovich, Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto

"Jonathan Evans, a leading cognitive psychologist, has written an account of studies of thinking and reasoning, condensing a vast range of topics into an amazingly succinct synopsis." - Advance praise from Philip Johnson-Laird, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

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