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Cognitive psychology is a large and expanding field, whose insights now impact on all other branches of psychology. The second edition of Principles of Cognitive Psychology provides an up-to-date approach to cognitive psychology, with an emphasis on accessibility and clarity of style. Thoroughly revised and updated, this book covers the fundamental topics in cognitive psychology such as perception, attention and pattern recognition, memory, language, problem solving and reasoning. It provides an intriguing insight into how we perform these complex activities. New to this edition is a focus on the evaluation of the various theoretical approaches to basic cognitive processes.

Principles of Cognitive Psychology can be easily read by those with no previous knowledge of cognitive psychology. It contains chapter summaries and practice essay questions which will be helpful for undergraduate students.

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J.G. Quinn
[S]kilfully written, developing in the early-career student the sense of what constitutes a good theory and how it differs from a mere re-description of data . Michael Eysenck has a very strong reputation for writing textbooks. This book further enhances that reputation.
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This introductory textbook covers the fundamental topics of cognitive psychology, including perception, object recognition, attention and pattern recognition, short- and long-term memory, learning, language acquisition and production, problem solving and decision-making, and reasoning. Theoretical approaches to these basic processes are emphasized, and key theories are illustrated by diagrams. Eysenck teaches psychology at Royal Holloway University, UK. The book is distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863772535
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What is cognitive psychology? 1
Information-processing theory 3
The real world 8
2 Sensory systems and perception 11
Sensory systems 11
Perceptual development 18
Perceptual organisation 26
Theories of perception 35
3 Attention 42
Selective or focused attention 43
Divided attention 51
Automatic processing 57
Vigilance 63
4 Memory 67
Short-term and long-term memory 68
Levels of processing 77
Organisation in memory 81
Why do we forget? 89
Practical applications 96
5 Language comprehension and production 102
Basic processes in reading 104
Speech perception 108
Language comprehension 111
Language production 118
Language and thought 125
6 Thinking 131
Problem solving 132
Reasoning 145
Decision making and judgement 158
References 166
Glossary 174
Author index 181
Subject Index 183
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