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Cognitive Psychology

International Paperback Edition


June 1997 | 546 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`An excellent example of an up-to-date text, and well worth exploring... detailed and thorough' - Physiotherapy

`The author has done an outstanding job of presenting in a coherent way what has become a very diverse and sometimes theoretically dense field of psychology... there's an excellent balance between anecdote, empirical research and theoretical stories' - Ira Fischler, University of Florida, Gainsville

The paperback edition of this highly successful textbook provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to cognitive psychology. Drawing together diverse theoretical strands - from cognitive development to neuroscience - Cognitive Psychology offers a coherent and integrated guide to the field.

The book is divided into clear sections mapping out the central domains of research. These include basic cognitive operations such as perception, attention and memory, followed by sections on knowledge and skill, language, thinking and intelligence, and consciousness.

Authoritative and engagingly written, Cognitive Psychology offers a thorough overview of this important field. The text is enhanced by many helpful features including discussion boxes, clear chapter summaries and checklists as well as suggestions for further reading.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
The Discipline
 
PART TWO: BASIC COGNITIVE OPERATIONS
 
Sensation and Perception
 
Attention
 
Memory
 
PART THREE: ACQUIRING AND USING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL
 
Learning, Remembering and Forgetting
 
Knowledge Representation and Use
 
Expertise
 
PART FOUR: THE NATURE AND USE OF LANGUAGE
 
Language
 
Speaking and Listening
 
Writing and Reading
 
PART FIVE: THINKING SKILLS AND INTELLIGENCE
 
Problem Solving
 
Reasoning and Decision Making
 
Intelligence and Thinking
 
PART SIX: THE PAST AND FUTURE
 
Consciousness
 
DETAILS OF THE CHAPTERS
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
CHAPTER ONE: THE DISCIPLINE
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology; History of Cognitive Psychology; Contemporary Cognitive Psychology; Overview of the Text  
 
PART TWO: BASIC COGNITIVE OPERATIONS
 
CHAPTER TWO: SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
Perception as Informed Construction; Sensory Registration; Pattern Recognition Processes; Perceiving Objects in Scenes  
 
CHAPTER THREE: ATTENTION
Filter Theories; Capacity Theories; Automatic Processes; Visual Attention: A Closer Look  
 
CHAPTER FOUR: MEMORY
Short-Term versus Long-Term Memory; Revisions to the Multistore Model; Types of Long-Term Memory  
 
PART THREE: ACQUIRING AND USING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL
 
CHAPTER FIVE: LEARNING, REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING
Encoding and Storing Events; Retrieval Processes; Schemas and Memory  
 
CHAPTER SIX: KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION AND USE
Schemas; Schema Modification and Acquisition; Representational Codes; Using Semantic Memory  
 
CHAPTER SEVEN: EXPERTISE
Characteristics of Expertise; Illustrations of Expertise; Computer Models of Expertise  
 
PART FOUR: THE NATURE AND USE OF LANGUAGE
 
CHAPTER EIGHT: LANGUAGE
Characteristics of Language; Grammars; Thought and Language  
 
CHAPTER NINE: SPEAKING AND LISTENING
Speech Production; Speech Comprehension; The Relation of Production and Comprehension  
 
CHAPTER TEN: WRITING AND READING
Text Production; Text Comprehension; Components of Reading Skill  
 
PART FIVE: THINKING SKILLS AND INTELLIGENCE
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN: PROBLEM SOLVING
Types of Thinking; A General Model of Problem Solving; Obstacles to Problem Solving; Creativity  
 
CHAPTER TWELVE: REASONING AND DECISION MAKING
Syllogistic Reasoning; Conditional Reasoning; Inductive Reasoning; Decision Making  
 
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: INTELLIGENCE AND THINKING
Traditional Views of Intelligence; Three Alternatives to Tradition; The Enhancement of Thinking Skills; Gender Differences  
 
PART SIX: THE PAST AND FUTURE
 
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: CONSCIOUSNESS
Varieties of Waking Consciousness; Dreaming and Daydreaming; Properties of Waking Consciousness; The Mind-Body Problem; The Future of Cognitive Psychology  

`An excellent example of an up-to-date text, and well worth exploring... detailed and thorough' - Physiotherapy

`The author has done an outstanding job of presenting in a coherent way what has become a very diverse and sometimes theoretically dense field of psychology... there's an excellent balance between anecdote, empirical research and theoretical stories' - Ira Fischler, University of Florida, Gainsville

`The text is very well-written, current, comprehensive and does an excellent job of exploring concepts in the context of experimental tasks used to study them without becoming so detailed that students are distracted from the main point and tempted to memorize "facts". In sum, the material is extremely well presented at a conceptual level appropriate to the student interested in what scientific studies of cognitive processes have revealed about topics relevant to everyday life' - James I Chumbley, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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