This is a thorough revision and updating of the extremely successful third edition. As in previous editions, the following three perspectives are considered in depth: experimental cognitive psychology; cognitive science, with its focus on cognitive modelling; and cognitive neuropsychology with its focus on cognition following brain damage. In addition, and new to this edition, is detailed discussion of the cognitive neuroscience perspective, which uses advanced brain-scanning techniques to clarify the functioning of the human brain. There is detailed coverage of the dynamic impact of these four perspectives on the main areas of cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, categorisation, language, problem-solving, reasoning, and judgement. The aim is to provide comprehensive coverage that is up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible. All existing chapters have been extensively revised and re-organised. Some of the topics receiving much greater coverage in this edition are: brain structures in perception, visual attention, implicit learning, brain structures in memory, prospective memory, exemplar theories of categorisation, language comprehension, connectionist models in perception, neuroscience studies of thinking, judgement, and decision making. Cognitive Psychology: A Students Handbook will be essential reading for undergraduate students of psychology. It will also be of interest to students taking related courses in computer science, education, linguistics, physiology, and medicine.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Visual Perception: Basic Processes. Perception, Movement and Action. Object Recognition. Attention and Performance Limitations. Memory: Structure and Processes. Theories of Long-term Memory. Everyday Memory. Knowledge: Propositions and Images. Objects, Concepts and Categories. Speech Perception and Reading. Language Comprehension. Language Production. Puzzles and Expertise. Creativity and Analogy. Reasoning: Conditionals. Judgement and Decision Making. Cognition and Emotion. Present and Future.