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Critical Thinking For Psychology

May 2012, ©2011
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Critical thinking is taught at all universities, often put forward by lecturers as the key skill that can most dramatically improve a student’s understanding of a course and transform their writing.  It pervades research methods teaching, critical psychology, and a range of other core curriculum elements, in exactly the same way that critical thinking pervades any discipline, and indeed, life generally.  But what is it, exactly, and how can we apply it specifically to the field of psychology?   In his relaxed and accessible style, Mark Forshaw takes modern real-world examples from psychology and everyday life to lighten the learning of critical thinking, explaining what it entails, why it is important, and how it can be applied to this fascinating field of study.

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Table of Contents

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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Author Information

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).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • An accessible and engaging style that introduces new concepts to students at all levels of study
  • Essential tips on essay writing including how to construct an argument and how to incorporate the language of criticism
  • Real-world examples from students’ writings illustrating common mistakes and the ways we can avoid them
  • Advice on what lecturers expect from their students, and how to interpret the feedback they give
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‘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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Critical Thinking For Psychology: A Student Guide
ISBN : 978-1-4051-9117-3
156 pages
May 2012, ©2011
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