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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-30
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 applies real-life examples to key theories in order to create an accessible, yet comprehensive primer to the field.



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 Lab 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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Table of Contents

* = New to this edition

All chapters end with a summary, a case-study "wrap up," "In the Know" review questions, key concepts, links to other chapters, and suggestions for further reading.



1. Introduction

Case Study: What Is Cognition?*

Cognitive Psychology and Information-Processing Theory

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*


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


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!*


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



13. Personal Cognition

Case Study: Capgras Delusion*

Cognition and Emotion

Emotion and Memory

Cognition and the Self

Thinking about Persons




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