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  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 7 edition (11 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848724160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848724167
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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‘Eysenck and Keane have reached a remarkable and almost unprecedented seventh edition of their highly successful book, more than 30 years after the first edition so impressed teachers, researchers and students alike. This new edition has attained even greater depth and breadth on leading edge as well as important established areas of cognitive psychology while retaining its hallmark highly readable style.’ - Robert Logie, University of Edinburgh, UK 

‘No better guide to cognitive psychology for students, or other readers, exists. It is comprehensive, accurate, and insightful.’ - Philip Johnson-Laird, Princeton University, USA

‘More than any other authors, Eysenck and Keane have followed the field of cognitive psychology over the last 30 years, and have managed to convey with simplicity and clarity the essential knowledge that has been gained, and the exciting changes associated with this ever-evolving field.’ - Jonathan Grainger, Aix Marseille University, France

‘This is the only handbook I know of that can be used both for an introductory course and a follow-up course after a general introduction to psychology. Not only are the empirical findings well covered and made up-to-date, they are also naturally embedded within the existing theoretical frameworks. The latter is a unique strength of the book. It makes the handbook so much richer than yet another collection of interesting and sensational findings without theoretical integration. This is a book I have recommended to many starting colleagues asked to teach a course of cognitive psychology.’ - Marc Brysbaert, Ghent University, Belgium

‘Eysenck and Keane cover the wide range of topics necessary for a sophisticated cognitive psychology text in a clear and straightforward manner, in lucid and unpretentious prose. Both the experimental and technical aspects as well as the content areas are explained on the basis of numerous well-chosen examples. Importantly, the authors also integrate many current references in an elegant way, providing an up-to-date account of the field. I wish I had had this when I was a student. Even my graduate students and post-docs will benefit from reviewing relevant chapters in this handbook.' - David Poeppel, Max-Planck-Institute, Frankfurt, Germany

‘The 7th edition of Eysenck and Keane’s outstanding text, Cognitive Psychology, shows a commanding understanding of how cognitive psychology has matured since its inception over 50 years ago. Written in a highly accessible style with additional impressive web site support it is a text that any student would benefit from using. Particularly impressive is the coverage of neuroscience and neuropsychology along with excellent sections on computational models of cognition. It shares the excitement of our rapidly evolving understanding of the mind and invites the reader to savour recent insights into the workings of vision, memory, problem solving, emotion, and the mysteries of consciousness. It will be the standard text for some years to come.’ - Martin Conway, City University London, UK

‘A new edition of Eysenck and Keane is always a cause for rejoicing among teachers of cognitive psychology. I have been using this text for longer than I wish to remember, and although as expected the material is brought up to date, the pedagogy and clarity of exposition also improve with each edition. The highest recommendation though is that my students tell me they find this book to be invaluable.’ - Trevor Harley, University of Dundee, UK

About the Author

Michael W. Eysenck is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Roehampton University. He is the best-selling author of a number of textbooks including Fundamentals of Cognition (2006), Memory (with Alan Baddeley and Michael Anderson, 2014) and Fundamentals of Psychology (2009).

Mark T. 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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I had to buy this book as part of my course. The book is very informative, and quite interesting
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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 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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This was a recommended text for my cognitive psychology course, and it was most definitely a great boon to the work that I had to do in that course, as it contained a lot of information in easy to follow chapters. However, the book fell into the psychology cliché of being bland and monotonous, and not always easy to understand.

This book makes an excellent reference guide for specific theories on cognitive areas of psychology, and is best taken one section at a time, and in light of this wil be a very useful tool for any cognitive psychology module, be it on memory, perception or other areas.
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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 should be a very good guide to the topic and certainly contains lots of interesting studies, research and theories. However the writing style is impossibly difficult to follow and too many terms are used without explanation only adding to the confusion. More diagrams would have been very useful as the authors try to, unsuccessfully, describe experiments with words when pictures would have been better. If I wrote my uni assignments like this book I would be failing.
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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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