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Cognition is a required undergraduate course for majors in nearly all universities. This book provides students with a clear, accessible, and well-illustrated presentation of the field, starting with memory, the most accessible starting point to more complex theories and research in information processing. It presents an overall conceptual structure of cognition, organizing the material around the idea of the use of knowledge in carrying out the various cognitive processes. Pedagogically sensible and unique in organization, the book integrates classical and modern research as well as demonstration experiments for students to conduct with simple materials.

Author Biography

ROBERT W. WEISBERG, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Cluster in the Psychology Department at Temple University. A cognitive psychologist, Dr. Weisberg's area of interest is creative thinking, the cognitive processes involved in the intentional production of novelty: solutions to problems, works of art, scientific theories, and inventions.

LAURETTA M. REEVES, PhD, teaches at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests span both cognitive psychology—including the development of expertise in mathematical problem solving, use of metaphor in literature, and cognitive development—and the lexical acquisition and role of animacy in categorical inference in children.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Study of Cognition

Chapter 2 Memory I: Models of Memory & Memory Systems

Chapter 3 Memory. II: Encoding and Retrieval

Chapter 4 Memory III: Errors of Omission (Forgetting) & Commission (False Memory)

Chapter 5 Visual Cognition: Pattern Recognition and Spatial Localization

Chapter 6 Attention

Chapter 7 Imagery

Chapter 8 Concepts and Categories

Chapter 9 Language. I: Sounds, Words, and Meanings

Chapter 10 Language. II: Sentence Processing

Chapter 11 Thinking: 1. Logical Thinking and Decision Making

Chapter 12 Thinking: 2. Problem Solving

Chapter 13 Thinking: 3. Creative Thinking

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