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Cognitive Psychology, Third Edition, presents a coherent overview of cognitive psychology organized in terms of themes that cut across topic areas. Written by well-known researchers, the book is completely current in describing ongoing controversies in research; it provides summaries of key experiments that distinguish between them; and it encourages the reader to think critically about current research and theories. The focus on the importance of physical and computational constraints on cognition is preserved throughout the book.
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In this update of the 1992 edition, Medin (Northwestern U.) and Ross (U. of Illinois) address the complexity of the cognitive processing of human "possibilities, information, and experience" (per the title of Chapter 1) and "approaches to the study of the mind" (Chapter 2). All the usual psychological domains<-->and their computer analogs<-- >are implicated: learning, memory, language, and thinking. Includes a summary, key terms, recommended readings, and references. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470001714
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Medin (Ph.D., University of South Dakota) taught at Rockefeller University, University of Illinois, and University of Michigan before assuming his position as CAS Visiting Committee Research and Teaching Professor at Northwestern University. Best known for his research on concepts and categorization, his recent research interests have extended to decision making and cross-cultural and development studies of categorization and reasoning. He teaches courses in cognitive psychology, psychology of thinking, decision making, and culture cognition. He has been editor of the journal Cognitive Psychology and currently edits the Academic Press Psychology of Learning and Motivation series.

Brian Ross received an S.B. in psychology from Brown University and an M.A. from Yale University before receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His teaching career has been at the University of Illinois, where he is Professor of Psychology at the Beckman Institute. His research has examined issues in categorization, problem solving, learning, and memory, and he was associate editor of the journal Memory and Cognition. He teaches courses in cog nitive psychology, the psychology of thinking, problem solving, mathematical models of memory, and introductory statistics.

Arthur Markman received his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois after completing his S.B. in cognitive science at Brown University. He worked at Northwestern University and Columbia University before moving to the University of Texas at Austin, where he is an associate professor in the psychology department. He teaches courses in cognitive psychology, research methods and statistics, cognitive science, and knowledge representation, and he supervises the honors program. His research has explored similarity, categorization, and decision making. His book, Knowledge Representation, was published in 1999.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Overview.

1. Possibilities, Information, and Approaches to the Study of the Mind.

Part II: Acquiring Information.

2. Learning Introduction.

3. Perception.

4. Attention.

Part III: Memory.

5. Memory: Remembering New Information.

6. Memory Systems and Knowledge.

7. Remembering New Information: Beyond Basic Effects .

8. Spatial Knowledge, Imagery, and Visual Memory.

Part IV: Language and Understanding.

9. Language.

10. Concepts and Categories: Representation and Use.

Part V: Thinking.

11. Reasoning.

12. Problem Solving.

13. Expertise and Creativity.

14. Judgment and Decision Making.


Key Terms.

Recommended Readings.




Author Index.

Subject Index.

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