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Professors complain that all cognitive psychology textbooks are the same. They can no longer do that. Cognitive Classics is a textbook with a distinct difference. The editors have chosen classic articles on key issues and recruited leaders in the field to write about the study and to provide an essay on the topic illuminated by that study. The result is a book that will educate students (and their teachers) by providing an historical introduction to the field and illuminating the topic under discussion with contemporary research, too.
In this original book, leading figures in cognitive psychology write about the impact of a selection of classic studies of the field. It is scholarly and provides the scientific background and impact of the studies, as well as a critique of each.
This book is highly engaging, informative and insightful. It contains the top experts in the field with the most up-to-date research, which is accessible and clearly constructed. The authors have managed to present a refreshing argument to the classic perspectives in cognitive psychology, whilst also generating fascinating discussions. A highly valuable resource for all students studying this area.
You don’t normally expect a textbook to make you laugh out loud, but the author profiles in this one did. The quirkiness of an author’s self-description sets the tone for this book; this is not a dry and dusty textbook, but a dynamic and animated discussion of how key works continue to shape the field of cognitive psychology...The various authors’ passion for both their subject and their research really jumps off the page, grabbing the reader and bringing them along for the ride.
It is easy to read. Enjoyable book.
A very useful and thought provoking supplement to the general theories of cognitive psychology.
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.
An interesting read and useful for degree courses where a knowledge of the classical studies is useful
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.
The book combines classical paradigms of cognitive psychology and current research questions and results. It is well written and suitable for self study.
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.
This book did not fit with the structure or content of the module as I hoped it might.
Although interesting, this book did not fit the needs of the unit.
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.