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The Psychology of Thinking
Reasoning, Decision-Making and Problem-Solving


© 2015 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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How do we define thinking? Is it simply memory, perception and motor activity or perhaps something more complex such as reasoning and decision making? This book argues that thinking is an intricate mix of all these things and a very specific coordination of cognitive resources. Divided into three key sections, there are chapters on the organization of human thought, general reasoning and thinking and behavioural outcomes of thinking.

These three overarching themes provide a broad theoretical framework with which to explore wider issues in cognition and cognitive psychology and there are chapters on motivation and language plus a strong focus on problem solving, reasoning and decision making – all of which are central to a solid understanding of this field.

The book also explores the cognitive processes behind perception and memory, how we might differentiate expertise from skilled, competent performance and the interaction between language, culture and thought.
 
SECTION I: 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 II: THINKING AND REASONING
 
Chapter 6. Inference and Induction
 
Chapter 7. Deductive Reasoning
 
Chapter 8. Context, Motivation and Mood
 
SECTION III: THINKING IN ACTION - DECISION MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, AND EXPERTISE
 
Chapter 9. Decision Making
 
Chapter 10. Problem Solving
 
Chapter 11. Expertise and Expert Thinking

The Psychology of Thinking is an accessible, broad and integrative approach to a topic that rewards such treatment. Without getting bogged down, John Paul Minda explains how a variety of mental processes contribute to and shape human thinking.

Professor Bradley Love
University College London

The Psychology of Thinking offers students an excellent introduction to a number of important, fascinating topics with an insightful organization and integration.  Minda engagingly presents the material to have both theoretical substance and practical appeal. 

Professor Brian H. Ross
University of Illinois

As a former CEO of Mercedes-Benz I always tried to foster and trigger ideas for innovations in employees - the business result showed that focusing on creativity in your workforce pays out. This book is very relevant for practitioners who lead people and need to tap their brains, which is the 'gold mine' for problem solving. I compliment J. P. Minda, since I think that his wish "for a single, comprehensive textbook on this topic" came true.

Professor Alexander Paufler
Sasin Graduate Institute of Business, Chulalongkorn University

This is a well-written book and it is easy to comprehend. It discusses in a lucid manner, core concepts of cognitive psychology with a thinking-based approach and can serve as an excellent text for undergraduate students of cognitive psychology.

Naveen Kashyap
Indian Institute of Technology

the book presents in a very concise, direct way how we think - and what drives our reasoning, decision making and problem solving
It explains all the basic processes in order to understand expertise development and expertise
Highly recommended book for the course

Miss katalien bollen
Dept: Educational Development & Rsrch, Maastricht University
October 26, 2016

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