Evaluating Psychological Information

Paperback | July 19, 2004

byJames Bell

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This text provides readers with the intellectual tools necessary to evaluate psychological information and to separate research from opinion and reliable evidence from propaganda. Proposing a four-step procedure, the text focuses on helping students evaluate psychological research and evidence from various (and sometimes incomplete or misleading) secondary sources. Step 1 involves identifying the source; Step 2 teaches how to understand the source by analyzing the central idea (Ch. 3); Step 3 teaches how to identify the source; and Step 4 instructs how to evaluate evidence from psychological research (Ch. 4). Each chapter opens with critical thinking questions and includes examples, practice, and feedback¿all essential parts of the learning process.

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This text provides readers with the intellectual tools necessary to evaluate psychological information and to separate research from opinion and reliable evidence from propaganda. Proposing a four-step procedure, the text focuses on helping students evaluate psychological research and evidence from various (and sometimes incomplete...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 10.6 × 7.2 × 0.5 inPublished:July 19, 2004Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205435114

ISBN - 13:9780205435111

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Table of Contents



1. Introduction to Critical Thinking.

Preview.

Key Questions.

What Is Critical Thinking?

Why Is Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills Important?

How Do Primary and Secondary Sources Differ?

What Will You Learn from This Book?

Check Your Understanding.

Exercises in Careful Reading.



2. Identify Psychological Research Evidence.

Preview.

Key Questions.

How Do You Identify Psychological Research?

What Is a Citation?

What Is Included in the Description of the Study?

What Are the Research Results?

What Are the Key Terms of Experimental Research?

Check Your Understanding.

Practice.

Exercises in Thinking Critically.



3. Thinking Critically About Secondary Sources in Psychology: The First Two Steps.

Preview.

Key Topics.

Step 1: Identify the Source.

Step 2: Read to Understand.

Propaganda Techniques.

Practice.

Exercises in Thinking Critically.



4. Identify and Evaluate the Research Evidence.

Preview.

Key Topics.

Step 3: Identify the Research Evidence.

Step 4: Evaluate the Research Evidence.

Practice.

Exercises in Thinking Critically.



5. Practice in Thinking Critically.

Preview.

Practice: Use the Four Steps To Think Critically.

Key Concepts for Thinking Critically.

Exercises in Thinking Critically.



6. Use the Four Steps to Think Critically.

Preview.

Four Steps to Use When Thinking Critically.

Step 1: Identify the Source.

Step 2: Read to Understand.

Step 3: Identify the Research Evidence.

Step 4: Evaluate the Research Evidence.

Exercise in Thinking Critically.



7. Thinking Critically About Sources on the Web.

Preview.

Key Topics.

Evaluating Sources on the Web.

APA Style.

Exercise in Thinking Critically.



Answer Keys.

Answer Key for 1.1.

Answer Key for 2.1.

Answer Key for 3.1.

Answer Key for 4.1.

Answer Key for 5.1.



References.


Charts.


Index.


Glossary of Selected Terms.


Key Concepts for Thinking Critically.


Questions to Use When Thinking Critically.