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Cognitive Psychology: Mind and Brain

by Stephen M. Kosslyn,Edward E. Smith

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Pearson Education, 2015. First edition. Softcover. New. Based on a need for a text that could accurately, productively, and seamlessly integrate information on both the brain and neural processing, Edward E. Smith (Columbia University) and Stephen M. Kosslyn (Harvard University) created Cognitive Psychology: Mind and Brain 1e. Without question, the study of cognition has progressed enormously over the past decade. Most importantly, much of the recent progress in cognitive studies has come from the advent of cognitive neuroscience, which uses neuroscientific methods and data to address psychological issues. However, throughout years of academic teaching, the authors came to realize that no currently available book was able to summarize and make accessible the major findings, theories, and research the field had produced. Now, in this text`s first edition, these issues have been addressed. Using findings in neuroscience to illuminate and motivate key distinctions in cognitive psychology, the authors have written a cognitive psychology book that is informed by neuroscience - the first of its kind and one poised to set a new standard in undergraduate cognitive studies. Features -Integration of Neuroscientific Data. Uses the most current neuroscientific data and research and incorporates it into the usual behavioral research topics to address psychological issues. This book uses findings in neuroscience to illuminate key distinctions in cognitive psychology.Cognition in the Real World. Constructed out a need to apply cognitive psychology to the lives of students, this feature takes a snippet of daily life and shows the processes and influences the field has on the perception, interpretation, and reaction to everyday events.Shows students that the field is a living entity, continually evolving and challenging both new and old ideas.Up-to-date. Written after the brain-scanning techniques became widely available to incorporate the latest findings and theories.Modern organizational scheme. Based on the modern view of information processing rather than the discrete stage, lock-step framework created by Donald Broadbent in the late 1950s.A Closer Look. A detailed examination of influential studies in the field of cognitive psychology.Learning Objectives. At the beginning of each chapter the student is presented with these objectives to help constructively guide them through each chapters core content.Comprehension Check. Several times during each chapter students are prompted to stop and check their understanding of the material just read.Revisit and Reflect. The end of each chapter contains a section that provides both comprehensive summaries of key content as well as `Think Critically` questions. Table of Contents 1. How the Brain Gives Rise to the Mind 2. Perception 3. Attention 4. Representation and Knowledge in Long-Term Memory 5. Encoding and Retrieval from Long-Term Memory 6. Working Memory 7. Executive Processes 8. Emotion and Cognition 9. Decision Making 10. Problem Solving and Reasoning 11. Language 12. Motor Cognition and Mental Simulation Printed Pages: 628.


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