Cognition: Theory and Practice

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Macmillan, Feb 24, 2012 - Psychology - 592 pages
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Cognition: Theory and Practice provides the link between theory, experimental findings, and ordinary human activity, showing students how the field of cognitive psychology relates to their everyday lives. Engagingly written, the book captivates students by explaining common experiences such as why answering a cell phone while driving is as dangerous as closing your eyes for a half-second, but talking with your passenger for a minute can be perfectly safe. Research coverage draws heavily on the rapidly accumulating discoveries of human neuroscience and brain imaging.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 What Is Cognitive Psychology?
1
CHAPTER 2 The Brain and Cognition
24
CHAPTER 3 Attention
44
CHAPTER 4 Pattern Recognition
84
CHAPTER 5 ShortTerm Memory and Working Memory
118
CHAPTER 6 LongTerm Memory
150
CHAPTER 7 Knowledge
191
Special Representation in Memory
227
CHAPTER 10 Language and Cognitive Processing
310
CHAPTER 11 Solving Problem
352
CHAPTER 12 Reasoning
395
CHAPTER 13 Decision Making
435
Glossary
473
References
493
Name Index
567
Subject Index
585

A Cognitive Universal
269

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About the author (2012)

Russell Revlin is associate professor of psychology at the University of California–Santa Barbara. His academic journey began when, as a biopsychology student, he came across a tattered book on reasoning and problem solving at UCLA that expanded his view of psychology. The following year he was graduate student in cognitive psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a PhD. After a postdoctoral fellowship in psycholinguistics from Stanford University, Dr. Revlin established his laboratory in human inference, focusing on how memory, language, and imaginal processes contribute to our ability to reason about novel situations and domains.

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