Worth Expert Guide to Scientific Literacy: Thinking Like a Psychological Scientist walks you through thinking like a scientist in order to process complex information easier and better judge accuracy in scientific claims.
Ken Keith is Professor Emeritus of Psychological Sciences at the University of San Diego, where he has taught courses in introductory psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and research methods. His research and writing have encompassed cross-cultural psychology, quality of life, intellectual disability, and the teaching of psychology. He is author or editor of more than 140 scientific and professional publications. He has been advisor for many award-winning student research presentations at a variety of regional and national meetings. Keith’s books include Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Quality of Life (with Robert Schalock), the Student Handbook to Psychology: History, Perspectives, and Applications, Cross-Cultural Psychology: Themes & Perspectives, Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization, and a New Moral Community (with Heather Keith), The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Cross-Cultural Quality of Life: Enhancing the Lives of Persons with Intellectual Disability (with Robert Schalock). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Western Psychological Association. At the University of San Diego, he received the Davies Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Preceptor Award for superior performance in teaching and advising. In 2016 he became president-elect of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Bernard (Barney) Beins is Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College, where he has taught since 1986. His teaching focuses on the development of critical thinking skills in his students. His scholarship includes research on humor and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has authored or co-edited over 30 books and teaching manuals and over 130 refereed articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, reviews, and commentaries. He has overseen more than 100 student presentations for which his students have won multiple awards. His books include Research Methods: A Tool for Life, APA Style Simplified, Effective Writing in Psychology (with Agatha Beins), Successful Research Projects, and Research Methods and Statistics (with Maureen McCarthy). Beins was the 2010 recipient of the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Psychological Foundation and received the Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, four APA divisions, and the Eastern Psychological Association. He has been president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the New England Psychological Association. He has served on APA’s Council of Representatives and Board of Educational Affairs, and he was the inaugural director of APA’s Office of Pre-College and Undergraduate Education.
Brief Contents Preface Chapter 1 Thinking Like Psychological Scientists Chapter 2 Scientific Literacy–Separating Sense From Nonsense Chapter 3 Let’s Be Reasonable: Evaluating Arguments and Evidence Chapter 4 Understanding the Numbers Chapter 5 Measurement: What the Numbers Do—And Don’t—Tell You Chapter 6 Things We Know that Ain’t So: Myth & Misconception in Psychological Science and Everyday Life Chapter 7 Integrity and Psychological Thought: Values and Why We Believe Chapter 8 Why Do They Do That? Using Psychological Science to Understand Social Behavior Chapter 9 The Good Life: Psychological Science and Everyday Living Chapter 10 Reflections on Thinking Like a Psychological Scientist
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