Levels of Cognitive Complexity

An Approach to the Measurement of Thinking

  • Ernest McDaniel
  • Chris Lawrence

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Ernest McDaniel, Chris Lawrence
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ernest McDaniel, Chris Lawrence
    Pages 10-18
  4. Ernest McDaniel, Chris Lawrence
    Pages 28-49
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 50-97

About this book


This research monograph describes a new approach to the measurement of thinking processes. The author begins with a discussion of the logic of thought versus the psychology of thinking. Traditionally, thinking has been defined in terms of the logical thought processes which lead to warranted conclusions. The psychological processes, on the other hand, involve the individual's perceptions, intentions and information-processing strategies. Traditional logical approaches appear to be most suitable for analysis of thinking in "formal" highly structured problem situations. Current tests of critical thinking reflect the "logical" approaches to measuring thinking; two tests of this type are evaluated by the author. The authors define the information-processing approach to measurement of thinking, which emphasizes the way situational information is perceived, selected, organized and interpreted. Using this approach, the authors have developed two interpretive exercises, The Holocaust and The Bomb Factories. The results of a number of studies conducted with these exercises are presented, and future work is projected.


Denken Kognitionsforschung Perception information processing psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ernest McDaniel
    • 1
  • Chris Lawrence
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational StudiesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-97301-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3420-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-7532
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