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Critical Thinking for Psychology


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Preface xiii Acknowledgements xv 1. Getting Started on Critical Thinking 1 2. Logic and the Philosophy of Critical Thinking 5 3. Critical Thinking in the Wider World 19 4. Critical Thinking Inside Psychology 45 5. Putting Critical Thinking to Use: Getting Good Grades 87 6. Getting Fit for Critical Thinking 109 Concluding Remarks 119 Exercises in Critical Thinking 121 Checklist for Critical Thinking 123 Glossary 127 References 131 Further Reading 133 Index 135

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Mark Forshaw is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Psychology at Staffordshire University. He is Chair of the BPS Qualifications Standards Committee and the winner of the BPS Division of Health Psychology Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Health Psychology 2011. He the author of many books, including Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: A Student Guide (Wiley, 2012).


?Critical Thinking for Psychology addresses one of the hottest topics in contemporary psychology, that of the importance of robust critical thinking as a skill necessary for underpinning scientific endeavour. Engaging, relevant and refreshingly waffle-free, Forshaw?s focus on ??polite scepticism?? encourages the reader to take the ??critic?? out of critical thinking and offers credible and practical advice on how best to develop and apply creative and common-sense critical thought to literature evaluation, essay writing and making the most of feedback.? ?Nikki Newhouse, Editor of PsychTalk Magazine ?An essential component of all psychology degrees is described, explained and developed in a cogent and practical manner: An excellent text for all undergraduate students.? ?Professor Dominic Upton, University of Worcester

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