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Thinking and reasoning / Alan Garnham, Jane Oakhill

Main Author Garnham, Alan Coauthor Oakhill, Jane Country Reino Unido. Publication Oxford : Blackwell, 1994 Description XIII, 389 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-631-17003-0 CDU 159.955.6
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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

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • 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
  • References
  • Name. Index
  • Subject Index

Reviews provided by Syndetics


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 grinds no axes like, e.g., Robert W. Weisberg in Creativity: Genius and Other Myths (1986) and Creativity: Beyond the Myth of Genius (1993). Instead, the appropriate theories and research are presented in a balanced, if not totally exhaustive, manner, and careful judgments are made about the current state of knowledge and plausible future directions. The cognitive underpinnings of thinking and reasoning are in the first two chapters, with the remainder of the book devoted to what most cognitive texts present in the last two chapters. Given the book's breadth, it is surprising that Colin Martindale's The Clockwork Muse: The Predictability of Artistic Change (1990) is not mentioned. Garnham and Oakhill discuss the possibility of an evolutional model of "real world" creativity; Martindale has supplied it along with compelling data. Such omissions are rare, however, and the authors provide generally a thorough review of a scattered literature. It should be read by upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers, as well as two-year technical program students.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Alan Garnham obtained B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, Oxford, 1977. DPhil Experimental Psychology, Sussex, 1981. Research Fellow, Sussex, 1981-1983. Faculty, Reading, 1983-1985.

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