Cognitive Psychology : 9780131298101

Cognitive Psychology

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Cognitive Psychology provides a lively and engaging introduction to this field and offers complete coverage of all the British Psychological Society (BPS) required topics. This text provides a clear and detailed account of key experiments, theories and concepts, and the examples, full colour photos and illustrations found throughout animate theoretical discussion and enable students to grasp the practical applications of Cognitive Psychology.

Table of contents
  • List of figures and tables
  • Guided tour
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1        Foundations
  • Chapter 2        Information processing and nature of the mind
  • Chapter 3        Visual processes and visual sensory memory
  • Chapter 4        Masking, thresholds and consciousness
  • Chapter 5        An introduction to perception
  • Chapter 6        Theories of perception
  • Chapter 7        Mental representation
  • Chapter 8        Attention I: general introduction, basic models and data
  • Chapter 9        Attentional constraints and performance limitations
  • Chapter 10      Human memory: an introduction
  • Chapter 11      Human memory: fallibilities and failures
  • Chapter 12      Semantic memory and concepts
  • Chapter 13      Object recognition
  • Chapter 14      The nature of language and its relation to the other mental faculties
  • Chapter 15      Reasoning
  • Chapter 16      Cognition and emotion
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index 
Features & benefits

A range of features have been designed to help students consolidate their understanding of core concepts and promote engagement with ongoing research in the field. These include:

  • Opening examples  introduce the chapter and present the main theme of discussion
  • Research focus outlines and critically analyses contemporary research discoveries
  • The 'Taking Stock' feature offers a concise summary of contemporary topics, questions, theories and arguments in the book and develop skills in critical thinking
  • Pinpoint Questions consolidate understanding of the ideas and topics discussed
  • Key terms provide useful definitions of the terms within the text
  • Chapter Summaries revisit the main arguments and themes covered in each chapter