Appropriate as a textbook for courses in cognitive psychology or social cognition, Everyday Thinking reviews the rapidly growing literature on cognition in naturalistic settings. It differs from other textbooks in that, where possible, it focuses on thinking in real-world settings rather than in controlled laboratory settings and provides detailed treatments of each of the following topics:
* how we form impressions of and represent persons in memory;
* how we recognize and represent faces;
* how we reason in our day-to-day lives and go about solving everyday problems;
* how we make judgments and decisions;
* how we encode memories of events--both for future action and for our own life histories; and
* what are some of the implications of everyday knowledge and cognition for education and instruction.
This book presents the theoretical positions and research evidence on each of these topics and examines the generally unexplored connections among them. As a result, this book presents the study of cognition in a more relevant form and in a context that readers can more readily apply to their own lives.
Contents: Preface. The Value and Appeal of Research on Everyday Thought. Forming and Remembering Impressions of People. Placing Faces. Remembering Everyday Events and Actions and Planning for Future Actions. Autobiographical Memory: What, How Well, and From What Periods Do We Remember Our Own Histories? How We Represent, Organize, and Retrieve Autobiographical Memories. Skills, Expertise, and Their Generality: The Backgrounds of Practical Intelligence and Everyday Reasoning. From the Workplace to the Racetrack and Beyond: Representative Research on Everyday Reasoning and Practical Intelligence. The Study of Heuristics and Judgment Biases: How Rational or Irrational Are We? Instructional Implications of Everyday Reasoning. A Reconsideration of the Field of Everyday Cognition.