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Thinking and Reasoning

Thinking and Reasoning

Alan Garnham, Jane Oakhill

ISBN: 978-0-631-17003-7

Jun 1994, Wiley-Blackwell

416 pages

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This introduction presents a wide range of research on all aspects of thinking and reasoning. Thinking and Reasoning locates its subject matter squarely within the theoretical framework of modern cognitive psychology and cognitive science


1. Historical Background.

2. The Building Blocks of Thought.

3. Language and Thought.

4. Logic.

5. Deductive Reasoning.

6. Syllogistic Reasoning.

7. Induction.

8. Hypothesis Testing.

9. Statistical Reasoning.

10. Decision Making.

11. Problem Solving.

12. Game Playing and Expertise.

13. Creativity.

14. Everyday Reasoning.

15. Teaching Thinking.

16. The Development of Thinking: Piagetian and Information-Processing Approaches.

17. The Development of Thinking: Scientific and Conceptual Thought.

18. A Framework for the Study of Thinking.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

"The strength of Thinking and Reasoning is its comprehensiveness. It covers not only the most important topics, from categorisation and reasoning to decision making and problem solving, but also other major perspectives on thinking such as expertise and developmental issues. The book also examines more recent topics, such as teaching thinking and creativity, which are not to be found in older textbooks. In general this is an excellent text: readable, comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date. I would be surprised if this did not become the major undergraduate text in the area for several years to come." European Journal of Cognitive Psychology

"An outstanding work, which should be recognized both in the UK and the USA as the best introduction to the psychology of thinking. It is comprehensive and lucidly written - an impressive book." Professor P. N. Johnson-Laird, Princeton University

"Garnham and Oakhill present their book under the guise of an objective text for 'intermediate and advanced undergraduate students'. It is, however, delightfully informative and charmingly opinionated. It should be read by upper-division under-graduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers, as well as two-year technical program students." P. L. Derks, College of William and Mary

  • Includes suggestions for further reading, in addition to a full bibliography
  • Each chapter includes an opening set of objectives and a closing summary
  • Includes illustrative examples of reasoning problems
  • Comprehensive and assumes no prior knowledge
  • Systematically reviews all the relevant research in the psychology of thinking and reasoning
  • Presentation is clear and accurate and the coverage broad.