Is it possible to learn something without being aware of it?
How does emotion influence the way we think?
How can we improve our memory?
Fundamentals of Cognition, third edition, provides a basic, reader-friendly introduction to the key cognitive processes we use to interact successfully with the world around us. Our abilities in attention, perception, learning, memory, language, problem solving, thinking, and reasoning are all vitally important in enabling us to cope with everyday life. Understanding these processes through the study of cognitive psychology is essential for understanding human behaviour.
This edition has been thoroughly updated and revised with an emphasis on making it even more accessible to introductory-level students. Bringing on board Professor Marc Brysbaert, a world-leading researcher in the psychology of language, as co-author, this new edition includes:
developed and extended research activities and "In the Real World" case studies to make it easy for students to engage with the material;
new real-world topics such as discussions of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the reading problems of individuals with dyslexia, why magic tricks work, and why we cannot remember the Apple logo accurately;
a supporting companion website containing multiple choice questions, flashcards, sample essay answers, instructor resources, and more.
The book provides a perfect balance between traditional approaches to cognition and cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology. Covering all the key topics within cognition, this comprehensive overview is essential reading for all students of cognitive psychology and related areas such as clinical psychology.
Michael W. Eysenck is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is also a Professorial Fellow at Roehampton University, UK. He is the best-selling author of a range of textbooks, including Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook, Memory (with Alan Baddeley and Michael Anderson), and Fundamentals of Psychology. Marc Brysbaert is Professor of Psychology at Gent University, Belgium. He has authored a number of textbooks and is Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
Preface. 1. What is cognitive psychology? 2. Visual perception 3. Attention and performance 4 .Short-term and working memory 5. Learning and long-term memory 6. Knowledge in semantic memory 7. Everyday memory 8. Language 9. Problem solving 10. Judgment, decision making, and reasoning 11. Cognition and emotion. Glossary. References. Name index. Subject index.