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"Completely updated, the new Seventh Edition of the leading text on cognition provides readers with the latest information on cognitive processes, current theoretical approaches, and innovative research techniques. It offers clear, balanced, and highly engaging coverage of the field, along with extensive pedagogical support and numerous applications to everyday life. Engaging topics include perceptual processes, working memory, long-term memory, mental imagery, general knowledge, language, problem solving, decision making, and cognitive development." The new Seventh Edition also demonstrates how our cognitive processes are relevant to our everyday, real-world experiences. It frequently examines how cognition can be applied to other disciplines, such as clinical psychology, social psychology, consumer psychology, education, communication, business, medicine, and law.

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Provides an overview of the field, with chapters detailing perception, memory, imagery, general knowledge, language, problem solving and creativity, reasoning and decision making, and cognitive development. Chapters 2-12 each include a section which focuses on recent research about selected topics in cognitive psychology and provides details on research methods. Review questions, summaries, lists of key terms, and easy-to-perform demonstrations are also included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470002216
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret W. Matlin received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She currently holds the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology at SUNY Geneseo, where she has taught the course in cognitive psychology for 20 years.

Dr. Matlin is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Canadian Psychological Association. She received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1977, the American Psychological Association’s Teaching of Psychology Award for four-year institutions in 1985, the American Psychological Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award in 1995, and the Society for the Psychology of Women’s Heritage Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to the teaching of the psychology of women in 2001.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 1

Introduction 2

A Brief History of Cognitive Psychology 4

Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology 12

An Overview of Your Textbook 21

Chapter Review Questions 27

Keywords 28

Recommended Readings 29

Ch. 2 Perceptual Processes I: Visual and Auditory Recognition 31

Introduction 32

Background on Visual Object Recognition 33

Top-Down Processing and Visual Object Recognition 44

Face Perception 51

Speech Perception 55

Chapter Review Questions 62

Keywords 63

Recommended Readings 63

Ch. 3 Perceptual Processes II: Attention and Consciousness 65

Introduction 66

Three Kinds of Attention Processes 67

Explanations for Attention 77

Consciousness 84

Chapter Review Questions 90

Keywords 91

Recommended Readings 91

Ch. 4 Working Memory 93

Introduction 94

The Classic Research on Working Memory (Short-Term Memory) 96

The Working-Memory Approach 104

Chapter Review Questions 117

Keywords 117

Recommended Readings 118

Ch. 5 Long-Term Memory 119

Introduction 120

Encoding in Long-Term Memory 122

Retrieval in Long-Term Memory 136

Autobiographical Memory 144

Chapter Review Questions 159

Keywords 161

Recommended Readings 161

Ch. 6 Memory Strategies and Metacognition 163

Introduction 164

Memory Strategies 165

Metacognition 182

Chapter Review Questions 197

Keywords 198

Recommended Readings 198

Ch. 7 Mental Imagery and Cognitive Maps 201

Introduction 202

The Characteristics of Mental Images 204

Cognitive Neuroscience Research on Mental Imagery 220

Cognitive Maps 223

Chapter Review Questions 236

Keywords 237

Recommended Readings 237

Ch. 8 General Knowledge239

Introduction 240

The Structure of Semantic Memory 242

Network Models 255

Schemas and Scripts 265

Chapter Review Questions 283

Keywords 284

Recommended Readings 285

Ch. 9 Language I: Introduction to Language and Language Comprehension 287

Introduction 288

The Nature of Language 290

Basic Reading Processes 304

Understanding Discourse 312

Chapter Review Questions 321

Keywords 322

Recommended Readings 322

Ch. 10 Language II: Language Production and Bilingualism 323

Introduction 324

Speaking 325

Writing 335

Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition 340

Chapter Review Questions 351

Keywords 352

Recommended Readings 353

Ch. 11 Problem Solving and Creativity 355

Introduction 356

Understanding the Problem 358

Problem Solving Strategies 365

Factors That Influence Problem Solving 373

Creativity 384

Chapter Review Questions 389

Key Terms 390

Recommended Readings 391

Ch. 12 Deductive Reasoning and Decision Making 393

Introduction 394

Deductive Reasoning 395

Decision Making 405

Chapter Review Questions 436

Key Terms 437

Recommended Readings 438

Ch. 13 Cognitive Development Throughout the Lifespan 439

Introduction 440

The Lifespan Development of Memory 442

The Lifespan Development of Metamemory 461

The Development of Language 467

Chapter Review Questions 478

Key Terms 479

Recommended Readings 479

Glossary 481

References 497

Credits 571

Name Index 573

Subject Index 585

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Very reminiscent of my high-school textbooks; a most unfortunate waste of paper!

    First of all, I am using this (required) book in a congition course in college. This book is far too reminiscent of high school textbooks, which (at least for me) meant memorizing lots of terms and defintions, and re-gurgitating them for an exam. Even if this wasn't the authors intentions, that is (essentially) the end-result of this book. The 1st chapter lists 5 'themes' of the book, one which is something like 'positive information is processed better than negative information'. The books is filled with a diverse pleathora of meaningless statements such as this one. In general, the book oversimplifies concepts so greatly as too have little, if any, content left over. The author loves to make extremely general statements about 'all of cognitive psychology', and back them up with nuggets of personal opionion, antedotal evidence etc... The book's treatment of AI (artificial intellegence) involves a pleathora of big 'acamemic' terms, which are defined quite terribly (eg circular definitions, defining concepts by other concepts etc...) The book seems to focus on minute details of seemingly irrelevant or un-important questions and issues. Little, if any disccusion is included of methodological issues or unstated assumptions the author is making (and she makes a LOT of them). The only biographical information given lists award, certificates, degrees etc... conferred upon the author. From the biography, it appears she is essentially a proffesional textbook writer, which almost guarantees the textbook will have little relation to the 'real world', as it were. -Nate

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