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This engaging guide to the hidden corridors of the mind explores the mental processes through which we interact with the world. Drawing on the work of esteemed researchers and scholars, Cognition, Fifth Edition, applies real-life examples to key theories in order to create an accessible, yet comprehensive primer to the field.
The text is accompanied by Discovery Labs for Cognition, a unique online resource that offers a variety of interactive experiments, animations, videos, exercises, and quizzes designed to help students understand important concepts and principles. Students will have an opportunity to act as researcher or test subject, giving them practical exposure to the field. Intended for use in cognitive psychology courses, the experiments allow students to compare their results to typical results and to class results, and in the process to learn about key principles.
Demonstrates how theory can be applied to real-life situations, providing a practical approach for first-time students of cognitive psychology
Covers key topics such as perception, memory, language, problem-solving, creativity, and reasoning, giving students a well-rounded introduction to the field
Cites classic and current research from around the world, including the U.S., Canada, and Europe, offering students a global perspective on the study of cognition
Presents key historical information at the start of each chapter, providing a context for the material that follows
Includes rich pedagogy, encouraging active learning of key concepts:
* "Cognition in Action" boxes connect real-life examples with chapter material.
* "Think Twice" boxes feature creative review exercises that invite students to engage personally with ideas and issues raised in the chapter.
* "Consider This" boxes highlight notable and cutting-edge research findings.
* "In the Know" review questions at the end of each chapter provide further opportunity for students to test their comprehension.
* The book also includes a running glossary, highlighted key terms, learning objectives, chapter summaries, and suggestions for further reading.
Instructor's Manual * Chapter overviews * Key concepts with illustrative examples * Discussion and debate ideas * Further reading, media suggestions, and teaching aids * Homework assignments with sample answers * Suggestions for research paper topics * Sample syllabus * Web links
PowerPoint slides * Summary of key points for each chapter * Figures, tables, and images from the book
Test Bank with questions for every chapter including: * 25+ multiple-choice questions * 25 short-answer questions * 25+ true-or-false questions * 15 fill-in-the-blank questions
Interactive Quizzes * Sample final exam * Review questions with answers * For every chapter: 3-4 short answer questions, 5 fill-in-the-blank questions, 5 true-or-false questions, and 10 multiple-choice questions
Student Study Guide * Chapter summaries * Key terms with definitions * Midterm and final exam study tips
Discovery Labs Online (ISBN 9780195447774) * Includes 30-40 labs that test or demonstrate key concepts or theories covered in the text * Gives students an opportunity to act as researcher or test subject, and the ability to analyze and share results
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Daniel Smilek, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo,Scott Sinnett, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa,Alan Kingstone, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia,Carolyn Ensley, Instructor, Department ofPsychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
Daniel Smilek is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo. He is also actively involved in new cognitive research related to perception, language, and memory. In addition to Cognition, Dan has previously written for Oxford UK, having contributed a chapter to the Oxford Companion toConsciousness.
Scott Sinnett is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research focuses on attention and perception in both applied and laboratory settings. He teaches a number of courses ranging from introductory psychology to upper-year courses in cognitive psychology.
Alan Kingstone is a professor at the University of British Columbia. Alan is an associate editor of the British Journal of Psychology and commonly teaches upper-year courses in cognitive neuroscience and brain and behaviour in addition to running the neuroscience lab at UBC.
Table of Contents
From the Publisher Preface to the Fifth Edition List of Boxes 1. : Introduction Case Study: What Is Cognition Cognitive Psychology and Information-Processing Information Theory Limitations on Information-Processing Models of Information-Processing Ecological Validity Metacognition and Cognitive Psychology The Range of Cognitive Psychology 2. : Cognitive Neuroscience Case Study: Head Office Phrenology The Brain as the Organ of the Mind The Relation between Mind and Brain Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience 3. : Perception Case Study: Some Unusual Perceptual Experiences Perception and Awareness Perception as a Function of the Environment Pattern Recognition Context and Knowledge The Grand Illusion Perceiving Whole Objects: Gestalt Psychology Dissociations of Perception 4. : The Varieties of Attention Case Study: A Total Train Wreck James's Description of Attention Selective Attention Dual Tasks and the Limits of Attention Task Switching Overt Visual Attention 5. : Memory Traces and Memory Schemas Case Study: Picking Cotton Schema-Based Theories of Memory The Trace Theory Research Based on Schema Theory Scripts Levels of Processing Two Approaches to Memory Research 6. : Memory Systems Case Study: What Was That Movie . . . ? Tulving and the Theory of Memory Systems The Development of the Theory of Memory Systems Episodic Memory and Autonoetic Consciousness The Perceptual Representation System Semantic Memory Working Memory Connectionist Models of Memory Aging and Memory Disorders 7. : Imagery Case Study: Time-Space Synesthesia and Number Forms Memory and Imagery Synesthesia and Eidetic Imagery Mental Rotation Egocentric Perspective Transformations Controversy Concerning the Nature of Mental Imagery Cognitive Maps and Mental Models 8. : Concepts Case Study: Grasping a New Concept The Classical Approach Learning Complex Rules Wittgenstein's Analysis of Concepts Rosch and Prototypicality Embodied Cognition Folk Biology 9. : Language Case Study: Reading in the "Olden Days" The Structure of Language Transformational Grammar The Innateness Hypothesis Communication and Comprehension The Social Context of Language Language, Cognition, and Culture 10. : Problem-Solving Case Study: A Slippery Solution to Many Problems Insight Problems and the Gestalt Theory of Thinking Current Approaches to Insight Problems Functional Fixedness and the Design of Tools The Flexibility-Rigidity Dimension Artificial Intelligence Approaches to Problem-Solving Thinking Aloud as a Method for Studying Human Problem-Solving Can Computer Programs Experience Insight? Solving Problems in Science 11. : Reasoning, Judgment, and Choice Case Study: What a Pain! Reasoning Mental Models and Deductive Reasoning Relational Reasoning Wason's Puzzle Judgment and Choice Heuristics and Biases Training in Statistical Reasoning Ecological Rationality 12. : Intelligence and Creativity Case Study: A Child Prodigy The Concept of Intelligence: Historical Background General Intelligence (g) The Flynn Effect Sternberg's Theory of Successful Intelligence Howard Gardner and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences Expertise Creativity 13. : Personal Cognition Case Study: Capgras Delusion Cognition and Emotion Emotion and Memory Cognition and the Self Thinking about Persons Glossary References Index