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Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook, 6th Edition Hardcover – 9 Feb 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 6 edition (9 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841695394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841695396
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,529,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is an excellent textbook, the previous editions of which I have consistently recommended to students on advanced courses in human cognition. This new edition has reinforced my view that this is the best textbook on advanced undergraduate cognitive psychology available to support student learning... The introductory chapter providing explanatory overviews is particularly helpful, and I very much welcome the increase in cognitive neuroscience elements throughout the chapters. The explanation of the various brain imaging techniques makes the descriptions of these studies very accessible to students." - Robert H Logie, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, UK

"I have recommended Eysenck and Keane from the very first version, and will continue to do so with this exciting new edition. The text is among the very best for the breadth and depth of material, and is written in a clear, approachable style that students value in an area that they often find to be one of the more difficult parts of psychology. This new edition brings the area right up to date and covers all the key ideas and findings since the previous edition." – Trevor Harley, Dean and Chair of Cognitive Psychology, University of Dundee, UK

"The new edition of this book improves a text that was already a leader. The authors have injected more information about the neuroscientific bases of the cognitive phenomena they discuss, in line with recent trends in the field. Students will greatly profit from this text, and professors will enjoy reading it, too." - Henry L. Roediger, III  James S. McDonnell Professor  of Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

"Eysenck and Keane present a fresh look at cutting-edge issues in psychology, at a level that can engage even beginning students. With the authority of experts well-known in their fields they organize a welter of studies into a coherent story that is bound to capture everyone's interest."  - Bruce Bridgeman, Professor of Psychology and Psychobiology, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA

"Each chapter is structured around the main theoretical issues associated with the chapter topic, and the behavioural and neuroscience methods, phenomena, and data that inform these theoretical perspectives. In general the coverage is remarkably thorough, and a particularly strong aspect is that in addition to providing an historical perspective on the theoretical issues, there is also a clear focus on cutting-edge research and ideas." - Charles L. Folk, Department of Psychology, Villanova University, USA

"Top of the premier league of textbooks on cognition, each edition of this classic improves on the previous one. Whether you are a keen student or an active researcher, keep this book close at hand." - Mick Power, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh, UK

"These authors are experienced and skilled at presenting cognitive psychology in a clear and accessible form. The organization of the chapters with sections on Evidence and Evaluation is particularly helpful. Their coverage of the material is excellent: they have selected the significant topics and issues and described the most important studies without overloading the reader. This sixth edition maintains the high standard of earlier ones and provides a fresh and up-to-date survey of the field." – Gillian Cohen, Retired Professor of Psychology, The Open University, UK

"In this latest edition of their leading textbook on Cognitive Psychology, Eysenck and Keane have provided an up-to-the-minute and highly readable account of the important phenomena across this diverse and fascinating field. As has previously been the case, this latest edition will rapidly become essential reading for all students of Psychology. The authors provide a comprehensive account, starting with the early research on which the discipline was founded, and moving on to the latest work using sophisticated technologies such as fMRI. The book provides an accessible overview which will be invaluable to experienced practitioners and researchers wishing to update their knowledge of this important area." - Tony Ward, Head of Psychology and Counselling , Newman University College, UK

"This book is timely and significant as it shows how recent research advances in cognitive neuroscience can enhance our understanding of human cognition. In a most unique way, it provides an excellent integration of cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Once again, the authors continue to display a highly enviable ability to communicate complex ideas in a very reader-friendly fashion." - Nazanin Derakhshan, Reader in Psychology, Birkbeck University of London, UK

Praise for separate sections:

"The memory section is thoroughly up to date, with findings from the latest  imaging and patient data. It gives expansive coverage of classic laboratory findings and applied research. " - Patrick Dolan, Associate Professor and Head of Psychology, Drew University, USA

"The interface between cognition and emotion is a complex one, and the authors have done an excellent job of summarizing this vast literature in an organized and clear fashion. The authors also have done a good job of describing the relevant research, discussing its contributions to understanding emotion-condition interactions, and critiquing the studies’ designs and theories. I think the overall organization of the chapter is excellent, and I enjoyed the format of having a brief description of the phenomenon followed by "evidence" and then "evaluation."" – Elizabeth A Kensinger, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Boston College, USA

"Chapter 12 provides one of the best introductions to the problem solving literature that I have seen. It is characterized by some very up to date material to balance the classic Gestalt-inspired work. These chapters have a very clear structure, made explicit by the use of repeated section headings, so that student readers will quickly develop an organisational schema." - Ken Manktelow, Professor of Psychology, University of Wolverhampton, UK

"The thinking and reasoning chapters are nicely structured so that each major subsection includes evidence and evaluation, and the main ideas are clearly explained. The range of theories covered in all chapters is impressive and very up-to-date, and good use is made of neuroscience results." - Ken Gilhooly, Professor of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, UK

"The attention and executive processes chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the central issues concerning attention and performance. Related topics elsewhere in the book are cross referenced. It is clearly written in an accessible style and is well illustrated with all the important classic and current experimental evidence together with recent neuropsychological studies. Discussion is critical and argumentative with a useful evaluation at the end of each section and a summary of the chapter topics at the end of the chapter. The author has sensibly organised the material from this complex area of psychology so that it can be easily understood by a second or third year undergraduate." - Elizabeth Styles, Lecturer in Psychology, St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, UK

"The authors have done a commendable job of synthesising a wide range of work in a clear and accessible manner. All three chapters in the thinking and reasoning section are very clearly written, and provide an accessible and insightful introduction to the topics covered. The level is pitched just right for undergraduate students. The key conceptual issues are dealt with well - foundational theories are explained and the evidence for and against is discussed in an even-handed way." - David Lagnado, Lecturer in Cognitive & Decision Sciences, UCL

"What is good about the consciousness chapter is that it "thinks" like a scientist. We see the progression of thought from an experiment or finding, its interpretation, alternative interpretations or deeper questions, through to tests of the alternatives and so on.
The chapter contains the best discussion of the relationship between attention and consciousness I’ve seen in anything written for a non-professional audience. Complex issues are covered very well -- clearly enough for the nonprofessional to understand."
- William Banks,  Editor-in-chief, Consciousness and Cognition

"The consciousness chapter is strong both conceptually and in its consideration of methodological issues. The content is very up to date, and draws appropriately from international sources. The author's style is clear and engaging. Ideal for the student market!" - Max Velmans, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

About the Author

Michael W. Eysenck is Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the best-selling author of a number of textbooks including Fundamentals of Cognition (2006), Memory (with Alan Baddeley and Michael Anderson) (2009), and Fundamentals of Psychology (2009).

Mark Keane is Chair of Computer Science at University College Dublin


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I use this textbook for my third year Psychology course. I've just finished reading it cover to cover, and it is a fantastic book. To be honest, cognitive psychology can be a little dry at times, and at other times, just plain confusing. However, I found this book to strike a good balance in being very readable, and also quite enjoyable. There are plenty of case studies, and current research discussed, and it is bang up to date.

I'm not going to say it was a joy to read at every point - there are some long and difficult pages, but it pays off to read them, and it doesn't sacrifice facts for always being a page-turner. It certainly gave me plenty information, and I feel like I have a good grasp of the subject after reading it.
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The main reason to purchase this book is its up-to-date information but it's a difficult read and this can only be down to the author's style and not blamed on the topic itself; cognition can at times be difficult enough to understand and this book does not make it particularly easy. This makes it disappointing for a book frequently cited as a requirement for undergraduate reading. It is difficult because it does not flow across the topics well, the writing style can makes it quite hard to understand some topics and many studies are not well described to give you a good overall understanding of the research outcomes - you'll often be told that a study found something but will have no clear understanding why. I've discussed the book with others in my cognition classes and there was a general consensus that while it was bang up to date with the research in the area (an absolute must for a continually moving field), it just left a number of us with a sense of having to rote learn the information for your exams rather than really getting a good sense as to why an outcome was found.

I would strongly advise any undergrad who is looking to specifically learn about memory to read Alan Baddeley's Human Memory: Theory and Practice or Essentials of Human Memory (Cognitive Psychology) before this book because his writing is much more fluid and easier to get to grips with (I read Eysenck and Keane's, then Baddeley's and only after reading the latter could I come back to the former and get a clearer sense of what the book was describing) - unfortuntely Baddeley's is somewhat outdated now and that is the primary reason I would say you would need Eysenck and Keane's book.
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This book, aimed at the undergraduate combines a good amount of depth with enough coverage of the material required for a course in Cognitive psychology. it covers all essential areas such as Memory, Perception, Language and Attention as well as having good summeries and having an easy to read text.
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VEry useful book for my first year cognition lectures, and it's been recommended as a core text for 2nd year aswell. Readable, and not too complex to understand.
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This is a must for any OU student studying D309, but it also compliments perfectly both the foundation and child development courses. Eysenck has definitely mastered this field of psychology! The style and presentation of what is undoubtly a complex subject means you can "dip in" to any area of any chapter.
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I am a student and found this book a must for studying cognitive psychology. This was the first time I had studied this area and found the book extremely well written. It is easy to read with good summaries. Eysenck has certainly done himself proud with this book!
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I was reluctant to order the book at first as my knowledge on this field is basic and I thought it might not offer practical information easily comprehensible to a nonspecialist. However, I found a lot of information about perception and memory which I think can cast some light on the different ways students understand and recall language. I particularly enjoyed chapter 12 which referred to language comprehension and dealed with the ways in which information is processed explaining terms such as 'parsing' and 'pragmatics' which enabled me see my students' comprehension problems at reading and listening from a different point of view.
Apart from that, there was some information about the abilities of chess masters and other experts which I enjoyed reading. Generally, I think the book is a source of knowledge for anyone who is interested in mental processes and in the way they affect our abilities and skills.
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This book covers all major areas within cognitive psychology, which was very useful for my course, but it is a very dry and boring read! Some chapters are rather hard to grasp. I found, it gave enough detail and information about most topics, and once I got used to the way it was written, I found it useful but not the best reference for my studies.
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