- Series: Oxford Library of Psychology
- Hardcover: 864 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199734682
- ISBN-13: 978-0199734689
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 2.1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,748,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Oxford Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning (Oxford Library of Psychology) 1st Edition
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"This rich and complex book tackles the vagaries of the mind in a neuroscientific framework, but it is not a survey or introductory manual to be read casually. It requires an intense passion for studying this area and in-depth understanding of the concepts to truly reap its rewards." -- DOODY'S
"This is an excellent volume on the growing field of thinking and reasoning, now a part of high-level human cognition which includes creative thinking, decision making and problem solving. These have of late become increasingly important areas of inquiry and scientific research.
The better we understand ourselves and others, the happier are the lives we can lead. The editors and contributors therefore deserve to be applauded for this monumental work which contributes immensely to understanding ourselves and our thoughts." -- BizIndia
"This comprehensive treatment of human thinking should be of value to anyone who is
interested in human cognition and the many ways in which it can be conceptualized,
modeled, and studied. Holyoak and Morrison in the Oxford Handbook also provide
suggestions for organizing the chapters in the book for use as a text for advanced
undergraduates (very advanced, I'd add) and graduate students. All of these potential readers should find many issues worth thinking about in the 836 pages of this book." -- PsycCRITIQUES
About the Author
Keith J. Holyoak, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Robert G. Morrison, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Loyola University Chicago.
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The first edition was published in 2005 as The Cambridge Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning. Substantial advances have taken place in the field since then, as reflected in this 2013 publication. Cambridge and Oxford have published dozens of volumes in the broad field of the cognitive sciences, including handbooks on creativity, intelligence, the learning sciences, metaphor and thought, modern diplomacy, secularism, and the self.
Consisting of 40 chapters by the leading experts in their fields of subspecialty, this volume covers topics including decision making, moral judgment, problem solving, insight and genius. Each chapter is copiously referenced; if you follow the references, you can easily spend a year or more studying this subject from this volume alone. When you are done, you will have an excellent grounding in this fascinating field, which explores much of the core that makes us human.
In the truest sense, only a specialist reviews a work like this; surely, I am nothing of the kind. However, a work like this allows an avidly interested layperson like me to study the discipline broadly by obtaining a single volume. No doubt it is a standard text for students. However, the writing is accessible to an intelligent and well-read layperson as well. The authors are consistently skilled at conveying their ideas, and summarizing the latest research and developments in the field. For something like this, five stars are not enough.