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Decision Making and Rationality in the Modern World (Fundamentals in Cognition) [Paperback]

Keith E. Stanovich
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6 Aug 2009 0195328124 978-0195328127
In Decision Making and Rationality in the Modern World, Keith E. Stanovich demonstrates how work in the cognitive psychology of decision making has implications for the large and theoretically contentious debates about the nature of human rationality. Written specifically for undergraduate psychology students, the book presents a very practical approach to decision making, which is too often perceived by students as an artificial set of skills used only in academia and not in the real world. Instead, Stanovich shows how good decision-making procedures support rational behavior that enables people to act most efficiently to fulfill their goals. He explains how the concept of rationality is understood in cognitive science in terms of good decision making and judgment.

Books in the Fundamentals of Cognition series serve as ideal instructional resources for advanced courses in cognitive psychology. They provide an up-to-date, well-organized survey of our current understanding of the major theories of cognitive psychology. The books are concise, which allows instructors to incorporate the latest original research and readings into their courses without overburdening their students. Focused without being too advanced--and comprehensive without being too broad--these books are the perfect resource for both students and instructors.

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195328124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195328127
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,386,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith E. Stanovich is a Professor of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely written 22 Feb 2013
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This book is very nicely written... makes it easy and fun to study the topic of judgement and decision-making. Great for review(s), too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Interesting Text 19 May 2010
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This book was one of two texts used in a psychology class I took this semester entitled "Decision Theory." The topics covered in the text include concepts of rationality, decision making, rationality of action, Bayes Theorem, rationality of judgment, the rationality debate, dual reasoning processes, and metarationality.

I had never studied decision making and rationality before, and I must applaud Stanovich for the way that he approaches the material in the text. He clearly explains concepts, including support for and against them, "real life" applications, and research that has been done. He takes something that would otherwise appear very abstract and makes it much more understandable. He had useful charts and graphs to supplement the text, as well. His overall approach was very methodical and easy to follow. I especially appreciated his approach to Bayes Theorem.

For my psychology class, this text was excellent at explaining material, and it was a very nice addition to what we discussed in lecture. For a casual reader, I believe this text would be good to read. It really breaks down difficult subject matter into something that everyone can tackle. Additionally, the knowledge I have gained from this book has proved to be very useful to apply to my life!
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