Cognition + Discovery Labs

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-23
  • 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, 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

E-Book (ISBN 9780199000579)
Available through CourseSmart

Author Biography

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 of Psychology, 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 to Consciousness.

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
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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