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Cognitive Psychology
Theory, Process, and Methodology

Second Edition
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January 2018 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Cognitive Psychology: Theory, Process, and Methodology introduces students to the main topics of study in this exciting field through an engaging presentation of how cognitive processes have been and continue to be studied by researchers. Using a student-friendly writing style and focusing on methodology, authors Dawn M. McBride and J. Cooper Cutting cover such core content as perception, attention, memory, language, reasoning and problem solving, and cognitive neuroscience. Updates to the Second Edition include a reorganization of long-term memory topics to improve readability, revised pedagogical tools throughout, a refreshed visual program, and additional real-life examples to enhance understanding. 

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Introduction: Cognition and Shopping

 
What Is Cognitive Psychology

 
Research in Cognitive Psychology

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 2. Cognitive Neuroscience
Introduction: Knowledge From Cognitive Deficits

 
Clinical Case Studies in Cognitive Neuroscience

 
Structure of the Nervous System

 
Measures in Cognitive Neuroscience

 
Can All Mental Processes Be Explained in Terms of Brain Activity?

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 3. Perception
Introduction: Perception in Everyday Tasks

 
Sensory Systems: How Sensations Become Perceptions

 
Approaches to the Study of Perception

 
Comparison of Approaches to Perception: Motion Perception

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 4. Attention
Introduction: How We Pay Attention

 
Views of Attention

 
How Attention Affects Our Perceptions

 
Automatic and Controlled Processing: A Cognitive Dichotomy

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 5. Memory Structures and Processes
Introduction: The Pervasiveness of Memory

 
Memory as Structure or Process

 
Sensory Memory

 
Short-Term Memory (STM)

 
Long-Term Memory (LTM)

 
The Working-Memory (WM) System

 
Memory Overview

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 6. Long-Term Memory: Influences on Retrieval
Introduction: Superior Memory

 
Retrieval From Long-Term Memory

 
Why We Forget

 
Encoding Effects

 
Retrieval Effects

 
Encoding-Retrieval Interactions

 
Mnemonics

 
Superior Autobiographical Memory

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 7. Memory Errors
Introduction: The Inaccuracy of Memory

 
The Seven “Sins” of Memory

 
The Reconstructive Nature of Memory

 
Memory Errors in the Laboratory

 
Clinical Memory Failures—Amnesia

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 8. Imagery
Introduction: Visual Imagery in Everyday Life

 
Mental Images and Cognition

 
The Debate on Propositional and Spatial Representations

 
Imagery and Memory

 
Imagery in Problem Solving and Wayfinding

 
Nonvisual Imagery

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 9. Language
Introduction: A Simple Conversation

 
What Is Language?

 
How Do We Process Language?

 
Acquiring Language

 
Human Language and Animal Communication

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 10. Concepts and Knowledge
Introduction: Game Night

 
What Are Concepts?

 
Organizing Our Concepts

 
Using Concepts: Beyond Categorization

 
The Future of Research and Theory of Concepts

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 11. Problem Solving
Introduction: Problem Solving in Daily Life

 
Recognizing and Identifying a Problem

 
Defining and Representing Problems

 
Developing Solutions to Problems: Approaches and Strategies

 
Allocating Mental Resources for Solving the Problem

 
Expertise

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 12. Reasoning and Decision Making
Introduction: A Night at the Movies

 
Deductive Reasoning

 
Inductive Reasoning

 
Making Decisions

 
Future Advances in Theories of Reasoning and Decision Making

 
Thinking About Research

 
Chapter Review

 
Chapter Quiz

 
Key Terms

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

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Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • Updated and added photos throughout give the text a more colorful and modern feel that visually appeals to today’s readers.
  • A reorganization of long-term memory topics improves readability for students.
  • More detailed figure captions make it easier for readers to understand the captions and the purpose of figures.
  • Additional concepts in the glossary and index allow students to find concepts in the text more quickly and learn them more easily.
  • Additional design and results figures from studies described in chapters help students more effectively process and interpret the findings from key studies.
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  • Connections between the different topics within chapters show students the large overlap between the mental processes in cognitive psychology.
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  • Chapter-ending Thinking About Research sections contain summaries of published studies and critical thinking questions about the design and the reasons for the design used in the study.
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