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Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology
Revisiting the Classic Studies

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April 2015 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Revisiting the Classic Studies is a series of texts that introduces readers to the studies in psychology that changed the way we think about core topics in the discipline today.  It provokes students to ask more interesting and challenging questions about the field by encouraging a deeper level of engagement both with the details of the studies themselves and with the nature of their contribution. Edited by leading scholars in their field and written by researchers at the cutting edge of these developments, the chapters in each text provide details of the original works and their theoretical and empirical impact, and then discuss the ways in which thinking and research has advanced in the years since the studies were conducted. 

Cognitive Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies traces 14 ground-breaking studies by researchers such as Chomsky, Tulving and Stroop to re-examine and reflect on their findings and engage in a lively discussion of the subsequent work that they have inspired.    

Suitable for students on cognitive psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an enquiring mind. 

Michael Eysenck and David Groome
Chapter 1: An introduction to classic studies in cognitive psychology
Michael Eysenck
Chapter 2: Attention: Beyond Cherry’s (1953) cocktail party problem
Vicki Bruce & Yoav Tadmor
Chapter 3: Perception: Beyond Gibson’s (1950) direct perception
George Mather
Chapter 4: Computational approaches to perception: Beyond Marr’s (1982) computational approach to vision
Glyn Humphreys
Chapter 5: Perception and action: Beyond Goodale and Milner’s (1992) separate visual pathways
Colin MacLeod
Chapter 6: Attention: Beyond Stroop’s (1935) colour–word interference phenomenon
Howard Eichenbaum
Chapter 7: Amnesia: Beyond Scoville and Milner’s (1957) research on HM
Robert Logie
Chapter 8: Working memory: Beyond Baddeley and Hitch’s (1974) Working Memory
Michael Eysenck & David Groome
Chapter 9: Memory systems: Beyond Tulving’s (1972) episodic and semantic memory
James Nairne
Chapter 10: Encoding and retrieval: Beyond Tulving and Thomson’s (1973) encoding specificity principle
Fernand Gobet & Peter Lane
Chapter 11: Human problem solving: Beyond Newell, Shaw, & Simon’s (1958) theory of human problem solving
Klaus Fiedler & Momme von Sydow
Chapter 12: Heuristics and biases: Beyond Tversky and Kahneman’s (1974) Judgment under uncertainty
Ben Newell
Chapter 13: Decision making under risk: Beyond Kahneman and Tversky’s (1979) prospect theory
Trevor Harley and Siobhan MacAndrew
Chapter 14: Language: Beyond Chomsky’s (1957) syntactic structures
Max Coltheart
Chapter 15: Cognitive neuropsychology of language: Beyond Marshall and Newcombe’s (1973) patterns of paralexia

It is easy to read. Enjoyable book.

Ms Didem Carr
Education, Southend Adult Community College
May 6, 2017

A very useful and thought provoking supplement to the general theories of cognitive psychology.

Mr Neil Robdale
Health, Social Care, Sport & Ex. Sci, Glyndwr University
November 9, 2016

The book is an excellent choice for upper undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive psychology. Coverage is comprehensive and chapters are very well written. The idea of basing on classical studies is a great pedagogical solution, as chapters can be paired with the classical study (or a selection) itself as well as with a recent research paper, so the students receive the necessary context and background for understanding how and why particular studies are done and what research questions are addressed.

Dr Nikita A. Kharlamov
Communication & Psychology Department, Aalborg University
August 5, 2016

An interesting read and useful for degree courses where a knowledge of the classical studies is useful

Ms Lorna Harris
Hillsborough College, Sheffield College
April 13, 2016

It is a very good introduction to the classic studies of cognitive psychology and their continuing contribution to the present research. I appreciate the clear and comprehensible writing style, thus perfect for students.

Dr Jonathan Barenberg
Accounting , Institute of Psychology in Education
March 18, 2016

The book combines classical paradigms of cognitive psychology and current research questions and results. It is well written and suitable for self study.

Dr Katrin Bittrich
Psychology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
February 15, 2016

This is a really interesting and unique book - I don't know of any other cognitive psychology texts like it. Students need to know about the classic studies, but it is also helpful to know what has been done since. This book has particular links to some of our lectures (attention, memory and problem solving), so we will recommend it as one of the course textbooks.

Dr Tom Mercer
Psychology , Wolverhampton University
July 6, 2015

This book did not fit with the structure or content of the module as I hoped it might.

Mrs Tracey Herbert
University Centre, Petroc
June 23, 2015

Although interesting, this book did not fit the needs of the unit.

Mrs Kathryn Nethercott
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
June 17, 2015

Really like the book, and am recommending it to colleagues in other institutions too. It's not core reading - but it's good for getting students thinking critically, especially if they've done A level psychology before coming to university.

Dr Julie Hulme
School of Psychology, Keele University
June 3, 2015

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