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Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology

Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology

Second Edition

June 2011 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This clear and concise text offers undergraduate students a brief but solid introduction to the fundamental concepts of cognitive psychology. Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology, Second Edition adds and integrates the latest developments in the field, including the transformational findings of cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, emotion, and cognitive development. Offering a coherent perspective on what is happening at the leading edge of the field today, this text will engage students interest with its relevant and insightful examples of important concepts in cognitive psychology.

New to the Second Edition

- New neuroimaging graphics provide state-of-the-art view of neuroscience in cognitive psychology.
- The latest research on the default network of the brain integrating autobiographical memory, envisioning the future, theory of mind, and moral decision making.
- Expanded and updated coverage of research on attention applies the research on inattentional blindness and divided attention to real-life situations such as driving while talking on a cell phone.
- A new explanation of the three networks of attention provides definitive evidence of independent networks for alerting, orienting, and executive attention and illustrates how neuroscience has clarified understanding of attention—a core concept in the field of cognitive psychology.
- Problem solving in fluid intelligence tasks explains the relation of working memory and executive attention to problem solving in the applied context of intelligence testing.

Key Features

- Focuses on the “essentials” of cognitive psychology: The text covers core concepts and does not bog students down in topics more suitable for discussion in advanced follow-up courses.
- Integrates coverage of neuroscience: Cognitive tasks that students can replicate and related brain images (PET and fMRI) helps students develop a deeper understanding of the neuroscience behind cognitive processes.
- Emphasizes practical applications: Concrete implications of cognitive research are woven into the narrative of the text creating a cohesive, accessible reading experience for students.
- Highlights important concepts: Margin notes summarize important concepts, providing further clarification when needed and giving students previewing and reviewing guideposts.

Effective teaching and learning resources are available at

The password-protected Instructor Teaching Site provides chapter tests, PowerPoint slides, cognitive demonstrations, web resources, and recommended readings.
- The open-access Student Study Site offers eFlashcards, web quizzes, web resources, web exercises, and SAGE journal articles with discussion questions. 
Memory Systems
Remembering Events
Memory Distortions
Knowledge Representation
Problem Solving
Reasoning and Decision Making

“Very likely to adopt. The book is very well written, well organized from a student perspective, and conducive to the type of classroom I teach.”

Eric C. Odgaard
University of South Florida St. Petersburg

“Very likely. I see the strengths as the length, price, and writing level of the book. As a concise text, it can be covered in a semester. It covers the main material you would want in a course on cognition. It presents the material in an easy to read fashion. The main concepts are discussed and highlighted in boxes in the margins.”

Sandra Sego
American International College - Springfield

“Very likely - I chose the Kellogg text primarily because it seemed to be written at a level that would be suitable to my students. Each chapter is 30 pages and covers the basics of the area. That quantity of reading at that level is manageable for students to read approximately a chapter a week. If students mastered the material in the text, I could feel relatively secure knowing that they knew “what they had to know.” This was the text’s strength: providing the basics in a straightforward way. The graphs, tables and figures were simple and presented clearly. There were not extraneous graphics, dialog boxes, etc., that I sometimes find distracting.”

Eric C. Satlow
Temple University-Ambler

"Ronald T. Kellogg's Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology is a very informative and user-friendly introductory textbook for students and general readers alike. This is a book that I would recommend to general readers and undergraduate students alike."

Robert J. Belton

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