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Thinking and Deciding

4th Edition


  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521862073

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  • Beginning with its first edition and through subsequent editions, Thinking and Deciding has established itself as the required text and important reference work for students and scholars of human cognition and rationality. In this fourth edition, first published in 2007, Jonathan Baron retains the comprehensive attention to the key questions addressed in the previous editions - how should we think? What, if anything, keeps us from thinking that way? How can we improve our thinking and decision making? - and his expanded treatment of topics such as risk, utilitarianism, Baye's theorem, and moral thinking. With the student in mind, the fourth edition emphasises the development of an understanding of the fundamental concepts in judgement and decision making. This book is essential reading for students and scholars in judgement and decision making and related fields, including psychology, economics, law, medicine, and business.

    • Class tested for over 10 years across the world making it an authoritative, reliable and well developed text,
    • Revised and expanded to take account of new research including a new topic on risk
    • Develops an understanding of fundamental concepts making it more student friendly than previous editions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This magisterial book … lays out the issues in exemplary fashion … This book is as balanced and clear as one is likely to find. It is an outstanding introduction to and summary of the psychology of decision making and should be widely read.' Medical Decision Making

    'This volume represents an impressive textbook that is worthy of consideration in courses on thinking and decision making. … Well written and well produced.' Contemporary Psychology

    '… An impressively broad and serious guide to the psychology of thinking and deciding.' Choice

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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521862073
    • length: 600 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 150 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Thinking in General:
    1. What is thinking?
    2. The study of thinking
    3. Rationality
    4. Logic
    Part II. Probability and Belief:
    5. Normative theory of probability
    6. Descriptive theory of probability judgment
    7. Hypothesis testing
    8. Judgment of correlation and contingency
    9. Actively open-minded thinking
    Part III. Decisions and Plans:
    10. Normative theory of choice
    11. Description of choice under uncertainty
    12. Choice under certainty
    13. Utility measurement
    14. Decision analysis and values
    15. Quantitative judgment
    16. Moral judgement and choice
    17. Fairness and justice
    18. Social dilemmas
    19. Decisions about the future
    20. Risk.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Admin Dec Making Skills
    • Advanced Epistemology
    • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
    • Decision Analysis and Behavioral Research
    • Decision Making
    • Economics and Psychology
    • Governmental Decision Making
    • Graduate Core in Cognition
    • Human Error
    • Judgment and Decision-Making
    • Jugment and Decision Making
    • Learning and Cognitive processes
    • Operations Risk Management
    • Probability, Poker and Decisions
    • Social Cognition
    • System Analysis
  • Author

    Jonathan Baron, University of Pennsylvania
    Jonathan Baron is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Baron's research is based on the utilitarian idea that society should be organized to do the most good (or to maximize utility). Some of his research examines people's intuitive principles for decision-making and moral judgement, and explores how these principles can stand in the way of doing the most good. Baron is the author of Rationality and Intelligence (1985); Thinking and Deciding (1988, 1994, 2000), a widely used textbook for advanced undergraduates and beyond; Morality and Rational Choice (1993), Judgement Misguided: Intuition and Error in Public Decision Making (1998); and Against Bioethics (2006). He has also co-edited three books and published over 175 papers and chapters. He is the editor of the journal Judgement and Decision Making, and he is currently president of the Society for Judgement and Decision Making. He holds a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Michigan and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Psychological Society.

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