Aberrant Beliefs and Reasoning - Current Issues in Thinking and Reasoning (Paperback)Niall Galbraith (editor)
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An aberrant belief is extreme or unusual in nature. In the most serious cases these beliefs cause emotional distress in those who hold them, and typify the core symptoms of psychological disorders. Each of the chapters in this volume seeks to examine the role that biases in reasoning can play in the formation of aberrant beliefs.
The chapters consider several conjectures about the role of reasoning in aberrant belief, including the role of the jumping to conclusion bias in delusional beliefs, the probabilistic bias in paranormal beliefs, the role of danger confirming reasoning in phobias, and the controversial notion that people with schizophrenia do not succumb to specific forms of reasoning bias. There are also chapters evaluating different theoretical perspectives, and suggestions for future research.
Aberrant Beliefs and Reasoning is the first volume presenting an overview of contemporary research in this growing subject area. It will be essential reading for academics and students in the fields of human reasoning, cognitive psychology and philosophy, and will also be of great interest to clinicians and psychiatrists.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 10 mm
"Aberrant Beliefs and Reasoning will be required reading for everyone interested in understanding human rationality. The editor provides an excellent introductory overview of the field, and the further chapters advance research in this area whilst remaining accessible to the general reader. " - David Over, Department of Psychology, Durham University, UK
"Aberrant Beliefs and Reasoning will be an important resource for researchers of delusions - it offers new insights into dual-process theories of reasoning, meta-cognitive training, the role of affect, and the relationship between two-factor and prediction-error theories." - Robyn Langdon, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders and Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia
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