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This book brings cognition to life by demonstrating the endless application of cognitive psychology to everyday life. While introducing the current research in this rapidly changing field, the text also introduces critical thinking exercises that highlight important phenomena and provide an engaging firsthand view of the everyday relevance of research in cognition. The book has three main threads that serve as unifying themes for current research in the field: Cognition and Neuroscience; Cognition and Consciousness; and Cognition and Individual Differences. A "story" introduces the book and is continually referred to throughout in installments, highlighting the application of the information and providing a useful organizing tool.
Table of Contents
|An Introduction to Cognition What is Cognition?|
|The Omnipresence of Cognitive Processing|
|An Interdisciplinary Perspective Psychology B.C(Before Cognitive psychology)|
|Structuralism: The Contents of Mental Experience|
|Functionalism: The Functions of Mental Experience|
|Behaviorism: The Rejection of Mental Experience|
|Laying the Foundation for Cognitive Psychology|
|The Emergence of Cognitive Psychology|
|S-R Explanations: Seriously wRong?|
|Technological Influences Psychology A.D(After Decline of behaviorism)|
|Behaviorism Reconsidered Information-Processing: A Computer Metaphor for Cognition|
|Connectionism: A Brain Metaphor for Cognition|
|Alternative Approaches to Cognitive Psychology Research Themes|
|Research Methods in Cognition Descriptive Research|
|Case Studies Self-Report Experimental Research|
|The Importance of the Computer|
|What Happens in an Experiment?|
|The Advantages and Disadvantages of an Experiment|
|The Cognitive psychology Experiment|
|How Can We See Thinking?|
|The Dependent Variable|
|What Variables Influence Cognition?|
|The Independent Variable|
|Assigning Participants to Conditions The Factorial Design|
|Analyzing and Presenting Results|
|A Sample Experiment Cognitive Neuroscience: Investigating Mind and Brain|
|An Overview of The Nervous System|
|The Tools of Cognitive Neuroscience|
|Basics of Perception and Awareness|
|Basic Issues in Perception|
|Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processing The Basic Tasks of Visual Perception|
|Perceptual Organizational Processes Multisensory Interaction and Integration|
|Synesthesia Comparing the Senses Perception and Action Consciousness Varieties of Consciousness Subliminal Perception Perceptual Processing and Attention Visual Attention Auditory Attention|
|Attending to and Manipulating Information|
|Selection and Division: The Strategic Nature of Attention|
|Control of Selective Attention|
|Characteristics of Automatic Processes|
|Accounts of Automaticity|
|Costs of Automaticity Processing in Immediate Memory|
|The Information Processing Approach to Memory|
|Short-Term Memory A Modular Approach to STM: Working Memory|
|The Articulatory Loop|
|The Visuo-Spatial Sketchpad|
|The Episodic Buffer|
|Working Memory and the Brain|
|The Working Memory Model Re-Considered|
|Identification and Classification Identification and Classifictation: An Overview|
|Identifcation: Recognizing from the Bottom, Up and from the Top, Down|
|Concepts and Categories: The Database for Recognition Object Recognition|
|Effects of Orientation and Perspective|
|Effects of Context|
|Theories of Visual Object Recognition|
|Non-Visual Recognition Recognizing Faces|
|Face Inversion Configural Processing|
|So, Is Face Recognition Special?|
|Self-Recognition Concepts and Categories|
|Types of Categories (Categories as a Category)|
|Functions of Concepts|
|Approaches to Concept Representation|
|Encoding and Retrieval Processes in Long-Term Memory Fundamental Issues and Distinctions|
|Short-Term Memory vs.Long-Term Memory Types of Long-Term Memory A Descriptive Framework: Encoding|
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