Learning and Cognition: The Design of the Mind

Learning and Cognition: The Design of the Mind

By: Michael E. Martinez (author)Paperback

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What is the design of the mind? What does that design imply for education? This comprehensive and engaging introduction to human learning and its applications to education focuses on these vital questions by exploring the theories of knowledge, complex cognition, and human intelligence, presenting a clear and interesting overview of the human mind through multiple theoretical lenses. The author delineates how the mind has a clear design, or architecture, that explains simple acts of memory and complex cognition, to highly creative acts and leaps of scientific or artistic insight. Topics covered throughout the text include: memory, motivation, cognitive development, the brain, and intelligence. Unique to this text, the author has provided an interdisciplinary chapter dedicated to theories of knowledge, extended coverage of expert-novice differences and talent development, and a chapter devoted to intelligence. Readers will appreciate special features like Learning Strategies which cover specific application of the theories to classroom practice, and Interest Magnets which explore fascinating topics such as photographic memory, sleep learning, and Einstein's brain. Written like a narrative, Learning and Cognition: The Design of the Mind will delight its readers' interest and attention as they learn about the theories of human learning and cognition and the improvement of the mind through education.

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Michael E. Martinez received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University. A former high school science teacher, Professor Martinez conducts research on human intelligence, assessment, and science learning. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and received the Presidential Commendation for Contributions to Psychology from the American Psychological Association.


CHAPTER 1: Introduction Four Paradigms Where is Education? What is Education? The Design of Educational Experience SECTION I: THE MIND'S ARCHITECTURE CHAPTER 2: Behaviorism Why Study Behavior? Classical Conditioning Early Behaviorism in America Classical Conditioning and Education Operant Conditioning Behaviorism's Enduring Impact Behaviorism Challenged Is There a Downside to Behaviorism? Learning Strategies Conclusion CHAPTER 3: The Cognitive Architecture The Computer Metaphor The Sensory Register Short-Term/Working Memory Long-Term Memory Summarizing the Cognitive Architecture Basic Cognitive Processes The Funnel of Information Chunking and Automaticity Laws of Learning Learning Strategies Conclusion CHAPTER 4: Theories of Knowledge Philosophy Semiotics Linguistics Artificial Intelligence Psychology Anthropology Learning Strategies Conclusion CHAPTER 5: Complex Cognition Metacognition Problem Solving Critical Thinking Inferential Reasoning Creativity The Nature of Higher-Order Thought The Social Origins of Complex Cognition Learning Strategies Conclusion CHAPTER 6: Motivation Volition and Emotion The Trilogy of Mind Emotions Motivation Theories Based on Global Motives Motivation Theories Based on Beliefs About Events Motivation Theories Based on Beliefs About Self Goals Self-Regulation New Directions Learning Strategies Conclusion SECTION II: DEVELOPING MINDS CHAPTER 7: Cognitive Development and Expertise What is Development? Cognitive Development: Piaget Neo-Piagetian Theories Vygotskyan Theory Language Development Development Toward Expertise The Timeline for Expertise Beyond Expertise Educating for Expertise Learning Strategies Conclusion CHAPTER 8: The Brain and Cognition Mind and Brain Brain Anatomy and Function Neuron Anatomy and Adaptation Brain Development Exercise and Nutrition A Bridge Too Far Learning Strategies Conclusion SECTION III: HOW MINDS DIFFER CHAPTER 9: Assessment and Individual Differences Reliability Validity How Tests Influence Learning Classroom Assessment Standardized Testing Quantitative Research Education and Individual Differences Aptitude-Treatment Interactions: ATIs Diversification of Instruction Time and Learning Group Differences Learning Strategies Conclusion CHAPTER 10: Intelligence What is Intelligence? Intelligence and Achievement One Intelligence or Many? Hierarchical Theories of Intelligence Emergent Theories of Intelligence Measuring Intelligence Can Intelligence Change? Environmental Influences on Intelligence Learning Strategies Conclusion

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  • publication date: 28/12/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780205507245
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780205507245
  • weight: 635
  • ISBN10: 0205507247

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