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  • James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds

    Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economics, Societies, and Nations, 1st Edition

    By Nikki Springer

    In The Wisdom of Crowds, New Yorker columnist, Surowiecki, explores the question of whether the many are better than an elite few – no matter their qualifications – at solving problems, promoting innovation and making wise decisions. Surowiecki’s text uses multiple case studies and touches on the…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow

    1st Edition

    By Jacqueline Allan

    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman offers a general audience access to over six decades of insight and expertise from a Nobel Laureate in an accessible and interesting way. Kahneman’s work focuses largely on the problem of how we think, and warns of the dangers of trusting to intuition –…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance

    1st Edition

    By Camille Morvan, Alexander O’Connor

    Leon Festinger’s 1957 A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance is a key text in the history of psychology – one that made its author one of the most influential social psychologists of his time. It is also a prime example of how creative thinking and problem solving skills can come together to produce work…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Bell Curve

    Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, 1st Edition

    By Christine Ma, Michael Schapira

    Herrnstein & Murray's The Bell Curve is a deeply controversial text that raises serious issues about the stakes involved in reasoning and interpretation. The authors’ central contention is that intelligence is the primary factor determining social outcomes for individuals – and that it is a…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Principles of Psychology

    1st Edition

    By The Macat Team

    The impact of William James’s 1890 The Principles of Psychology is such that he is commonly known as the father of his subject. Though psychology itself is a very different discipline in the 21st-century, James’s influence continues to be felt – both within the field and beyond. At base, Principles…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Nature of Prejudice

    1st Edition

    By Alexander O’Connor

    With his 1954 book The Nature of Prejudice, American psychologist Gordon Allport displays the crucial skill of reasoning, producing and organizing an argument that was persuasive enough to have a major impact not only in universities, but also on government policy. The question that Allport…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

    1st Edition

    By Dario Krpan, Alexander O' Connor

    In The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, neurologist Oliver Sacks looked at the cutting-edge work taking place in his field, and decided that much of it was not fit for purpose. Sacks found it hard to understand why most doctors adopted a mechanical and impersonal approach to their patients, and…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Ordinary Men

    Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland, 1st Edition

    By Tom Stammers, James Chappel

    Of all the controversies facing historians today, few are more divisive or more important than the question of how the Holocaust was possible. What led thousands of Germans – many of them middle-aged reservists with, apparently, little Nazi zeal – to willingly commit acts of genocide? Was it…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Judgment under Uncertainty

    Heuristics and Biases, 1st Edition

    By Camille Morvan, William J. Jenkins

    Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman’s 1974 paper ‘Judgement Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases’ is a landmark in the history of psychology. Though a mere seven pages long, it has helped reshape the study of human rationality, and had a particular impact on economics – where Tversky and Kahneman’…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • The True Believer

    Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, 1st Edition

    By Jonah S. Rubin

    Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements is one of the most widely read works of social psychology written in the 20th-century. It exemplifies the powers of creative thinking and critical analysis at their best, providing an insight into two crucial elements of…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Black Skin, White Masks

    1st Edition

    By Rachele Dini

    Frantz Fanon’s explosive Black Skin, White Masks is a merciless exposé of the psychological damage done by colonial rule across the world. Using Fanon’s incisive analytical abilities to expose the consequences of colonialism on the psyches of colonized peoples, it is both a crucial text in…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

    Why Violence has declined, 1st Edition

    By Joulia Smortchkova

    Reasoning is the critical thinking skill concerned with the production of arguments: making them coherent, consistent, and well-supported; and responding to opposing positions where necessary. The Better Angels of Our Nature offers a step-by-step class in precisely these skills. Author Steven…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • The Lucifer Effect

    1st Edition

    By Alexander O’Connor

    What makes good people capable of committing bad – even evil – acts? Few psychologists are as well-qualified to answer that question as Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor who was not only the author of the classic Stanford Prison Experiment – which asked two groups of students to assume the…

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  • Eyewitness Testimony

    1st Edition

    By William J Jenkins

    Understanding evidence is critical in a court of law – and it is just as important for critical thinking. Elizabeth Loftus, a pioneering psychologist, made a landmark contribution to both these areas in Eyewitness Testimony, a trail-blazing work that undermines much of the decision-making made by…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • The Interpretation of Dreams

    1st Edition

    By William J Jenkins

    There is arguably no more famous book about the arts of interpretation and analysis than Sigmund Freud’s 1899 Interpretation of Dreams. Though the original edition of just 600 copies took eight years to sell out, it eventually became a classic text that helped cement Freud’s reputation as one of…

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  • A Theory of Human Motivation

    1st Edition

    By Stoyan Stoyanov

    US psychologist Abraham H. Maslow’s A Theory of Human Motivation is a classic of psychological research that helped change the field for good. Like many field-changing thinkers, Maslow was not just a talented researcher, he was also a creative thinker – able to see things from a new perspective and…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • Aggression

    A Social Learning Analysis, 1st Edition

    By Jacqueline Allan

    Albert Bandura is the most cited living psychologist, and is regularly named as one of the most influential figures ever to have worked in his field. Much of his reputation stems from the theories and experiments described in his 1973 study Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis – a book that is…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • Nudge

    Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, 1st Edition

    By Mark Egan

    When it was published in 2008, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness quickly became one of the most influential books in modern economics and politics. Within a short time, it had inspired whole government departments in the US and UK, and…

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  • Obedience to Authority

    1st Edition

    By Mark Gridley, William J. Jenkins

    Stanley Milgram is one of the most influential and widely-cited social psychologists of the twentieth century. Recognized as perhaps the most creative figure in his field, he is famous for crafting social-psychological experiments with an almost artistic sense of creative imagination – casting new…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • The Feminine Mystique

    1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Whitaker

    Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique is possibly the best-selling of all the titles analysed in the Macat library, and arguably one of the most important. Yet it was the product of an apparently minor, meaningless assignment. Undertaking to approach former classmates who had attended Smith…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • A General Theory of Crime

    1st Edition

    By William J Jenkins

    Michael R. Gottfredson and Travish Hirschi’s 1990 A General Theory of Crime is a classic text that helped reshape the discipline of criminology. It is also a testament to the powers of clear reasoning and interpretation. In critical thinking terms, reasoning is all about presenting a solid and…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • Working Memory

    1st Edition

    By Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Alexander O'Connor

    The work of memory researchers Alan Baddeley and Graham Hitch is a prime example of the ways in which good critical thinkers approach questions and the problems they raise. In the 1960s, researchers into human memory began to understand memory as comprising not one, but two systems. The first was…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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