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How we know what isn't so: the fallibility of human reason in everyday life

Author: Gilovich, Thomas Publisher: Free Press, 1993.Language: EnglishDescription: 216 p ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780029117064Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes index
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Book Asia Campus
Print BF442 .G55 1993
(Browse shelf)
Available 900204897
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Includes index

How We Know What Isn't So The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life Contents Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 1 vii PART ONE Cognitive Determinants of Questionable Beliefs 2. Something Out of Nothing: The Misperception and Misinterpretation of Random Data 9 3. Too Much from Too Little: The Misinterpretation of Incomplete and Unrepresentative Data 29 4. Seeing What We Expect to See: The Biased Evaluation of Ambiguous and Inconsistent Data 49 PART TWO Motivational and Social Determinants of Questionable Beliefs 5. Seeing What We Want to See: Motivational Determinants of Belief 75 6. Believing What We are Told: The Biasing Effects of Secondhand Information 88 7. The Imagined Agreement of Others: Exaggerated Impressions of Social Support 112 PART THREE Examples of Questionable and Erroneous Beliefs 8. Belief in Ineffective "Alternative" Health Practices 125 9. Belief in the Effectiveness of Questionable Interpersonal Strategies 146 10. Belief in ESP 156 PART FOUR Where Do We Go from Here? 11. Challenging Dubious Beliefs: The Role of Social Science Notes Index 195 214 185

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