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Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience Hardcover – 26 Jun 2014
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About the Author
E. Bruce Goldstein is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He has received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh for his classroom teaching and textbook writing. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Brown University; he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biology Department at Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Goldstein has published papers on a wide variety of topics, including retinal and cortical physiology, visual attention, and the perception of pictures. He is the author of COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: CONNECTING MIND, RESEARCH, AND EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE, 4th Edition (Cengage, 2015), and the editor of the BLACKWELL HANDBOOK OF PERCEPTION (Blackwell, 2001) and the two-volume SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PERCEPTION (Sage, 2010).
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Does the textbook do it's job at explaining stuff? Yes. Does it over-explain some trivial topics and is just a waste of pages? Also yes. It teaches you what you need to know, but to me, the book is just okay.
As echoed by other comments, CogLab is not included with the purchase of this textbook so you have to pay additional money to get access to that. I did not think the CogLab was worth the money or my time.
The author does a terrible job at defining terms and in most cases does not define the terms within the reading. I found this the most frustrating because how are students supposed to understand what a key term is when the surrounding context gives no hints? Additionally, the examples provided in the text create no further depth in understanding the concept. The author simply went on and on for several examples that could have been stated in a few sentences. I found myself skipping most examples because the point was established within a few sentences.