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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Cognitive Psychology 5 Chapter 1: Understanding Cognition: How You Think, See, Speak and Are! 7 Chapter 2: Studying Cognitive Psychology Means Studying the Everyday 19 Chapter 3: Improving Academic Performance with Cognitive Psychology 27 Part II: Attending to the Subtleties of Perception 41 Chapter 4: Perceiving the World around You 43 Chapter 5: Seeing How People See Depth and Colour 63 Chapter 6: Recognising Objects and People 81 Chapter 7: Atten?hut! Paying Attention to Attention 99 Par t III: Minding Your Memory 115 Chapter 8: Where Did I Put My Keys? Short?Term Memory 117 Chapter 9: You Don’t Remember Our Wedding Day? Long?Term Memory 135 Chapter 10: Knowing about Knowledge 153 Chapter 11: Discovering Why You Forget Things 167 Chapter 12: Memorising in the Real World 179 Par t IV: Communicating What Your Brain Thinks about Language 191 Chapter 13: Communicating the Extraordinary Nature of Language 193 Chapter 14: Studying the Structure of Language 211 Chapter 15: Talking about Language Perception and Production 225 Chapter 16: Discovering the Links between Language and Thought 239 Part V: Thinking Your Way around Thought 253 Chapter 17: Uncovering How People Solve Problems 255 Chapter 18: Thinking Logically about Reasoning 267 Chapter 19: Making Up Your Mind: Decision-Making 281 Chapter 20: Thinking Clearly about the Role of Emotions 293 Par t VI: The Part of Tens 311 Chapter 21: Studying Patients with Brain Damage 313 Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Writing Successful Research Reports 321 Chapter 23: Busting Ten Cognitive Psychology Myths 329 Index 335
Dr Peter J. Hills, PhD, is a principal lecturer and Head of Education in psychology at Bournemouth University. Dr J Michael Pake is a senior lecturer in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University.
Learn to: Grasp the fundamentals of cognitive psychology Apply key concepts concerning perception, memory, language and thought Write better research reports Demystify the core concepts of cognitive psychology Written specifically for psychology students and professionals, this hands-on guide provides an accessible and entertaining introduction to the field of cognitive psychology. Unlike the dense and jargon-laden content found in most psychology textbooks, it offers easy-to-understand explanations of the fundamental elements of cognitive psychology, giving you a firm grasp of the material. Put the 'fun' in fundamentals — get a fascinating introduction to the field of cognitive psychology, from its history and relationship to other areas of psychology to how it's now studied Go cerebral — discover how cognitive psychology can be applied in the real world and find useful pointers for how you can use it to aid your learning It's all about perception — grasp how sensation, visual perception, object processing and attention play a major role in psychology Forget about it — understand how short and long-term memory work, why we don't remember everything we've learnt and how critical aspects of everyday memory function Something to talk about — find out the role that language and thought play in cognitive abilities Open the book and find: Cognitive models that are used to explain rationality How humans solve simple and complex problems The cognitive processes involved in making decisions How emotion affects thought Ten eye-opening case studies Do's and don'ts for writing research reports
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