International Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning

International Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning

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The Routledge International Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning is an authoritative reference work providing a balanced overview of current scholarship spanning the full breadth of the rapidly developing and expanding field of thinking and reasoning. It contains 35 chapters written by leading international researchers, covering foundational issues as well as state-of-the-art developments in thinking and reasoning research.
Topics covered range across all sub-areas of thinking and reasoning, including deduction, induction, abduction, judgment, decision making, argumentation, problem solving, expertise, creativity and rationality. The contributors engage with cutting-edge debates such as the status of dual-process theories of thinking, the role of unconscious, intuitive, emotional and metacognitive processes in thinking, and the importance of probabilistic conceptualisations of thinking and reasoning. Authors also examine the importance of neuroscientific findings in informing theoretical developments, and explore the situated nature of thinking and reasoning across a range of real-world contexts such as mathematics, medicine and science.
The Handbook provides a clear sense of the way in which contemporary ideas are challenging traditional viewpoints as "new paradigm of the psychology of reasoning" emerges. This paradigm-shifting research is paving the way toward a richer and more inclusive understanding of thinking and reasoning, where important new questions drive a forward-looking research agenda. It is essential reading for both established researchers in the field of thinking and reasoning as well as advanced students wishing to learn more about both the historical foundations and latest developments in this rapidly growing field.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 646 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 38.1mm | 1,293g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 33 Line drawings, black and white; 8 Halftones, black and white; 23 Tables, black and white; 75 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138849308
  • 9781138849303

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"If there is any doubt that the field of thinking and reasoning is central to current psychological science, this Handbook should dispel those doubts. I can't imagine a young scholar in cognitive science who wouldn't find something of interest in this set of up-to-date empirical and theoretical chapters."-- Keith E. Stanovich, University of Toronto, author of The Rationality Quotient

"This book offers authoritative overviews of every major topic in reasoning research, written by leading scholars from around the world. Its 35 chapters capture the field's history as well as its exciting cutting edge developments, making this Handbook a valuable resource for years to come."-- Norbert Schwarz, University of Southern California

"The collection of chapters brilliantly demonstrates that the field of thinking and reasoning has attained full maturity. The remarkable diversity in the theoretical approaches and the topics selected make open-mindedness and wideness of scope two hallmarks of this handbook. While the classical fundamental questions are considered, essential new developments that have emerged in the last two decades are widely treated. Also, the specific consideration of factors that affect reasoning such as emotion and culture, development, and a few applied research topics such as mathematical learning and argumentation contribute to the attractiveness of this handbook." --Guy Politzer, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris

"The Routledge International Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning brings together an impressive collection of highly esteemed experts and represents a comprehensive review of the psychology of thought. While it may appeal most to academics working in the field, it also represents a useful resource for anyone interested in the characteristics of the human mind and the underlying cognitive processes that constitute our reasoning."-- Gordon Pennycook, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University
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About Linden J. Ball

Linden J. Ball is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Dean of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Associate Editor of Thinking & Reasoning and Editor for Routledge's Current Issues in Thinking & Reasoning book series.

Valerie A. Thompson is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. She is Past President of the Canadian Society of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Thinking & Reasoning.
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Table of contents


1. Meta-Reasoning: Shedding Meta-Cognitive Light on Reasoning Research
Rakefet Ackerman and Valerie A. Thompson

2. Belief Bias and Reasoning
Linden J. Ball and Valerie A. Thompson

3. Intuitive Thinking
Tilmann Betsch and Pablina Roth

4. Emotion and Reasoning
Isabelle Blanchette, Serge Caparos and Bastien Tremoliere

5. Counterfactual Reasoning and Imagination
Ruth M. J. Byrne

6. Fallacies of Argumentation
Peter J. Collins and Ulrike Hahn

7. Medical Decision Making
Pat Croskerry

8. The New Paradigm in Psychology of Reasoning
Shira Elqayam

9. Dual-Process Theories
Jonathan St. B. T. Evans

10. Forty Years of Progress on Category-Based Inductive Reasoning
Aidan Feeney

11. Analogical Reasoning
Dedre Gentner and Francisco Maravilla

12. Incubation, Problem Solving and Creativity
Kenneth J. Gilhooly

13. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning: Integrating Insights from Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience
Vinod Goel and Randy Waechter

14. Scientific Thinking
Michael E. Gorman

15. Working Memory, Thinking and Expertise
Zach Z. Hambrick, Alex Burgoyne, Guillermo Campitelli and Brooke N. Macnamara

16. Expert Decision Making: A Fuzzy-Trace Theory Perspective
Rebecca K. Helm, Michael J. McCormick and Valerie F. Reyna

17. Conversational Inference and Human Reasoning
Denis J. Hilton, Bart Geurts and Peter Sedlmeier

18. The Fast-and-Frugal Heuristics Program
Ulrich Hoffrage, Sebastian Hafenbradl and Julian N. Marewski

19. Mental Models and Reasoning
Philip N. Johnson-Laird, Geoffrey P. Goodwin and Sangeet S. Khemlani

20. Abductive Reasoning and Explanation
Barbara Koslowski

21. The Development of Logical Reasoning
Henry Markovits

22. Reasoning and Argumentation
Hugo Mercier

23. Probabilities and Bayesian Rationality
Mike Oaksford and Nick Chater

24. Probabilistic Accounts of Conditional Reasoning
David E. Over and Nicole Cruz

25. Judgment Heuristics
Timothy Rakow and William J. Skylark

26. Creative Thinking
Mark A. Runco

27. Naturalistic Decision Making
Jan Maarten Schraagen

28. Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty
Christin Schulze and Ben R. Newell

29. Several Logics for the Many Things that People do in Reasoning
Keith Stenning and Alexandra Varga
30. The Development of Rational Thinking: Insights from the Heuristics and Biases Literature and Dual Process Models
Maggie E. Toplak

31. The Sense of Coherence: How Intuition Guides Reasoning and Thinking
Sascha Topolinski

32. Reasoning and Moral Judgment: A Common Experimental Toolbox
Bastien Tremoliere, Wim De Neys and Jean-Francois Bonnefon

33. Contemporary Perspectives on Mathematical Thinking and Learning
Keith Weber and Kevin Moore

34. Problem Solving
Robert W. Weisberg

35. Thinking and Reasoning across Cultures
Hiroshi Yama
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