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Principles Of Cognitive Psychology Paperback – 24 May 2001
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'... skifully written, developing in the early-career student the sense of what constitutes a good theory and how it differs from a mere re-description of data. Michael Eysenck has a very strong reputation for writing textbooks. This book further enhances that reputation.' - J.G Quinn, University of St Andrews, UK. '... an excellent up-to-the-minute introduction to cognitive psychology. The content makes up the traditional backbone of many cognitive psychology courses and links well-known studies in the past to very recent ones that bring the reader up to date on the issues involved.' - Ian Robertson, University of Luton
About the Author
Michael W. Eysenck is one of the best-known psychologists in Europe. He is Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London, one of the leading psychology departments in the United Kingdom. He is a specialist in cognitive psychology and has published extensively in this field. Altogether he has written 35 books and over 150 articles and book chapters. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"Cognitive Psychology" would be suitable for A'level students, but less so for undergraduates.
I am a specialist in addiction, weight loss, relationships and a few other things and have studied Cognitive Psychology at Birkbeck College - part of UCL and also CBT at the Berne Institute and found this book really helpful with my studying.
I also use my understanding of cognitive processes and processing to help people get better because people find it interesting.
Four major approaches within cognitive psychology are covered by this book:
1. Experimental cognitive psychology,
2. Cognitive science,
3. Cognitive neuropsychology,
4. Cognitive neuroscience.
And this is what the first chapter covers. The following nine chapters cover: major perceptual processes, object recognition, attention and pattern recognition, short term memory and learning, long term memory, basic language processes, language comprehension and production, problem solving and decision making, reasoning and each chapter "whets your appetite" encouraging you to read further if you're interested.
The chapters are also set out in a helpful way, starting with an introduction and then covering the material in an easy to comprehend format. There is a summary, then a couple of essay type questions and a further reading list.
A glossary is needed because at this level of learning the language starts to become "psycho-babble" or more precise - depending on your take - "visuospatial sketch pad" a component of working memory that is involved in visual and spatial processing of information...
I remember having to create flash cards to help me whilst learning this type of knowledge and laughing when trying to pronounce "psycho-neuro-immunology and yet now it seems it has all been worthwhile.
Never heard of the "Whorfian hypothesis" then read Orwell's 1984 and put your new found cognitive awareness into practice...
Same goes with living in a city - ever heard of weapon focus? A phenomenon in which eyewitnesses attend closely to the criminal's weapon and so are unable to recall other information about the criminal and the environment...
Anyway, great book for students beginning to learn cognitive psychology or for therapists interested in learning about what underpins Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and also for anyone who's just interested in what makes "things" interesting...
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