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Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology

Third Edition


© 2016 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

With its reader-friendly style, this concise text offers a solid introduction to the fundamental concepts of cognitive psychology. Covering neuroimaging, emotion, and cognitive development, author Ronald T. Kellogg integrates the latest developments in cognitive neuroscience for a cutting-edge exploration of the field today. With new pedagogy, relevant examples, and an expanded full-color insert, the Third Edition is sure to engage students interested in an accessible and applied approach to cognitive psychology.

 
Chapter 1: Introduction
Scope of Cognitive Psychology  
Core Concepts  
The Brain  
Research Methods  
 
Chapter 2: Perception
Visual Consciousness  
Pattern Recognition  
Modularity  
 
Chapter 3: Attention
Filter Theories  
Capacity Theories  
Filter Theories and Capacity Theories: Conclusion  
Automatic Processes  
The Central Bottleneck  
Visual Attention  
 
Chapter 4: Memory Systems
Sensory Memory  
Short-Term Versus Long-Term Memory  
Working Memory  
 
Chapter 5: Remembering Events
Types of Long-Term Memory  
Mental Time Travel  
Prospective Memory  
Encoding and Storing Events  
Retrieval Processes  
Study Strategies  
 
Chapter 6: Memory Distortions
Reconstructive Retrieval  
Encoding Distortions  
Source Monitoring  
Eyewitness Testimony  
 
Chapter 7: Imagery and Knowledge Representation
Imagery and Abstract Representation  
Representing Concepts  
Using Semantic Memory  
 
Chapter 8: Language
Defining Language  
Contrasts to Animal Communication  
Representations of Language  
Comprehension of Language  
Reading  
 
Chapter 9: Problem Solving
Types of Thinking  
A General Model of Problem Solving  
Creativity  
Fluid Intelligence  
 
Chapter 10: Reasoning and Decision Making
Syllogistic Reasoning  
Conditional Reasoning  
Decision Making  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Cognition Demonstrations that can be used as a classroom or laboratory supplement to Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology and your lectures, and are designed to be introduced whenever you need to break up content.  The demos are accompanied by an Introduction to the Demonstrations with tips for making the most of this resource.  
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.

“The advantages of this text are its approachable scale and ease of reading for introductory students. The tone and breadth of this text is very appealing, yet at the same time it’s not a simplification of core topics.”

Allen Salo, University of Maine at Presque Isle

“I think the attention and memory chapters are the best. Concepts are thoroughly described in a concise way.”

James Hoelzle, Marquette University

“This book covers the essentials in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner at a very reasonable price. It's an excellent value.”

Joanne Dufilho, Brevard College

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS

"Ronald T. Kellogg's Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology is a very informative and user-friendly introductory textbook for students and general readers alike. This is a book that I would recommend to general readers and undergraduate students alike."

Robert J. Belton, PSYCHCRITIQUES

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS

"Kellogg lucidly presents the basics of what historical and contemporary psychological science has taught us about the workings of the human mind. Students will enjoy learning from this book."

Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irvine

A very good book generally for undergraduates studying cognitive psychology. It covers the essentials of the course and gives a good introduction for students in general. This certainly is not over simplified however still makes reading easy.

Mrs Emma Richards
Department of Psychology, Swansea University
July 8, 2015
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New findings using the research tools of neuroimaging, electroencephalography, and magnetoencephalography have been added.
  • A greater emphasis on the neuroscience of cognitive processes in every chapter is supported by double the number of color plates in the book’s color insert.
  • New citations expand coverage of topics, including the discovery of individuals with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, the role of prospective memory in airline pilot errors, the neural mechanisms involved in the suppression of traumatic memories, the cognitive neuroscience of the teenage brain in relation to risk taking and decision making, and the difficulties of multitasking.
  • New applications of cognitive psychology to everyday life—including such topics as the risks of driving while talking on a cell phone and how recent findings on memory retrieval can improve study skills—are woven into the text narrative, creating a cohesive, accessible reading experience for students.
  • New pedagogical features include chapter-opening learning objectives and boxed learning activities in each chapter.
  • Expanded and new Learning Activities have students actually perform cognitive tasks rather than just read about them.
  • Each chapter now closes with a set of Questions for Thought to encourage critical thinking.

KEY FEATURES:

  • With its focus on the "essentials" of cognitive psychology, the book does not bog students down in tangential or esoteric material.
  • Integrated coverage of neuroscience is enhanced by a four-color insert of 16 color plates, which include brain images (PET and fMRI) and cognitive tasks that students can explore.
  • Concrete, practical applications of cognitive research are woven into the next narrative, creating a cohesive, accessible reading experience for students.
  • Learning Objectives, Learning Activities, and Questions for Thought in every chapter encourage active learning.
  • Margin notes summarize important concepts, providing further clarification when needed, and giving students previewing and reviewing guideposts.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 5


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