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Most cognitive psychology texts are organized around empirical findings on standard substantive topics such as perception, memory, vision, and language.
This book is the first to introduce the study of cognition in terms of the major conceptual themes that underlie virtually all the substantive topics. Taking a dialectical approach, the chapters contrast alternative approaches to the underlying themes (e.g., domain-generality vs. domain-specificity), then show how a synthesis of the two approaches provides the best understanding.
The book is organized into six sections: general issues in cognition, representation and process in cognition, methodology in cognition, kinds of cognition, group and individual differences in cognition, and a conclusion.
Contributors: Rhianon Allen, Axel Buchner, Patricia A. Carpenter, Stephen J. Ceci, Michael Cole, Eduardus DeBruyn, Randall W. Engle, Peter A. Frensch, Elena L. Grigorenko, Earl Hunt, P.N.
Johnson-Laird, Marcel Adam Just, Michael Kahana, John F. Kihlstrom, Geoffrey Loftus,Valerie S. Makin, Timothy P. McNamara, Thomas O. Nelson, Raymond S. Nickerson,Natalie Oransky, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Dennis R. Proffitt, Arthur S. Reber, Paul J.
Reber, Daniel N. Robinson, Tina B. Rosenblum, Brian H. Ross, Steven Sloman, Robert J. Sternberg.
Based in dialectical understandings; disc. representation, process, methodologies, kinds of cognition, cultural issues.
|I||General Issues in Cognition|
|1||What Is a Theory of Thought?||3|
|2||A Dialectical Basis for Understanding the Study of Cognition||51|
|3||Rationalism versus Empiricism in Cognition||79|
|II||Representation and Process in Cognition|
|4||Single-Code versus Multiple-Code Theories in Cognition||113|
|5||Domain-Generality versus Domain-Specificity in Cognition||137|
|6||Conscious versus Unconscious Cognition||173|
|7||Prototype versus Exemplar Models in Cognition||205|
|III||Methodology in Cognition|
|8||Computational Modeling of High-Level Cognition versus Hypothesis Testing||245|
|9||Brain versus Behavioral Studies of Cognition||295|
|10||Response Time versus Accuracy in Human Memory||323|
|11||Laboratory versus Field Approaches to Cognition||385|
|12||Basic versus Applied Research||409|
|IV||Kinds of Cognition|
|13||Inferential versus Ecological Approaches to Perception||447|
|14||Implicit versus Explicit Learning||475|
|15||Multi-Store versus Dynamic Models of Temporary Storage in Memory||515|
|16||Rational versus Arational Models of Thought||557|
|17||Formal Rules versus Mental Models in Reasoning||587|
|18||Cognition versus Metacognition||625|
|V||Group and Individual Differences in Cognition|
|19||Culture-Free versus Culture-Based Measures of Cognition||645|
|20||Heredity versus Environment as the Basis of Cognitive Abilities||665|