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1 Developing a Research Strategy and the use of Argument Maps in the Construction of Journal Articles

2 Research Interests Systems Science and Collective Intelligence (Systems Research and Behavioral Science); Behavioral and electrophysiological aspects of learning and memory (Experimental Ageing Research; Brain Research; International Journal of Psychophysiology; Cognitive Brain Research; Neuropsychobiology); Physical activity and ageing cognition (International Journal of Human Ageing and Development); Emotion, Personality and Cognition in younger and older adults (Psychology and Aging; Experimental Ageing Research); Emotion and cardiovascular responding (Biological Psychology; International Journal of Behavioral Medicine) The cerebellum and aging cognition (Cortex; New Ideas in Psychology) Well-Being and Positive Psychology (The Journal of Positive Psychology); Romantic relationships and well-being (The Journal of Positive Psychology) Critical Thinking and Education (Educational Research and Reviews; Thinking Skills and Creativity); Argument Mapping (Thinking Skills and Creativity; Metacognition and Instruction); Chronic Pain (PAIN; European Journal of Psychological Assessment); Spirituality and Mindfulness (The Irish Psychologist; Thinking Skills and Creativity). The Psychology of Music (getting started...:)

3 Why conduct research? Adapt and flourish: continuous engagement, discovery, creation, problem-solving, contribution Defend and grow: challenge assumptions, critique worldviews, evaluate accepted knowledge, dethrone maladaptive agendas, synthesis new powerful perspectives, etc. Social engagement: Facilitate understanding and quality decision making Global vision: Shape cultural evolution and bring about positive social change Many other good reasons...

4 Meaning, flow & well-being Meaning -Three ways of differentiating jobs according to goals and meaning (Wrzesniewski et al., 1997): Just a job; a Career, or a Calling Flow -When high skill match high challenge at work, flow may be experienced and may be key to job satisfaction (Csikszentmihalyi, 1997) Recognising and developing one’s strengths and managing one’s weaknesses (Buckingham & Clifton, 2001)

5 Job Satisfaction and the Workplace Peter Warr (1999) ten qualities of a positive work environment 1.Opportunity for personal control 2.Opportunity for skill use 3.Reasonable externally generated goals 4.Variety 5.Environmental clarity 6.Availability of money 7.Physical security 8.Supportive supervision 9.Opportunity for interpersonal contact 10.Valued social position

6 Values in Action Classification Peterson & Seligman (2004)

7 Facilitating Quality Decision-Making and Action: Curiosity, reflectiveness, and neutrality

8 Developing your perspective in a field of others People use different mental models to describe the same problematic situation....get stuck in and synthesise Hofstadter’s integration of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem, the music of Bach, and the art of Escher Kurt Fischer (Harvard): People integrate at different levels of complexity

9 Developmental automaticity and getting stuck in Typing (speed and accuracy) Endnote reference tools Data search tools Data analysis tools Data synthesis tools Argument construction tools Table 1. Heuristic Maneuvers and their Reasoning Disadvantages

10 IT, Information System, and Semantic Web supports IT, Information System, and Semantic Web supports Developmental automaticity

11 We cannot automate critical thinking and collective intelligence Lanier argues: 1)The algorithm-driven direction of Web 2.0 is disempowering individuals and reducing the creativity of people online 2)The social-semantic web is distorting human relationships and distancing people from true intimacy. Collective intelligence can never be an exclusively algorithm-driven process; cultivating critical thinking, systems thinking, and computational thinking skills within individuals is important. Technology can support the development of these thinking skills and facilitate collective intelligence and collective action The social psychology of collective action presents other real challenges (or problems) that require higher-order social-emotional intelligence

12 1.Dwyer, C., Hogan, M.J., Stewart, I. (2010). The evaluation of argument mapping as a learning tool: Comparing the effects of map reading versus text reading on comprehension and recall of arguments. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 5, 16 – 22. 2.Dwyer, C., Hogan, M.J., Stewart, I. (2011). The Promotion of Critical Thinking Skills through Argument Mapping, in C.P, & Forte, J.M. (Eds), Critical Thinking, Nova Science Publishers, New York. 3.Dwyer, C., Hogan, M.J., Stewart, I. (2013). An Evaluation of Argument Mapping as a Method of Enhancing Critical Thinking Performance in e-Learning Environments. Metacognition and Instruction (In Press) 4.Dwyer, C., Hogan, M.J., Stewart, I. (2013). An examination of the effects of argument mapping on students' memory and comprehension performance. Thinking Skills and Creativity (In Press). However, actively mapping out arguments can facilitate the growth of knowledge, comprehension, and critical thinking skills

13 Let’s map some arguments...

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