If you are new to the subject, Essential Cognitive Psychology will be perfect for you. It will give you the confidence to assimilate the seemingly complex concept, it will help you to read academic work in the field, and it will help bring the subject to life. It does this by explaining each idea and experiment in as clear and simple a way as possible, especially in relation to research methods, and via the use of engaging heuristic features that act both as aide memoires but also vehicles to stimulate thinking around real research studies. It brings together the old and the new of cognitive psychology and will set you up with all you need to know to succeed on your course.
Key features of this book include:
• Progression Points at the start of each section of a chapter to help you keep track of your progress through the chapter and as a reminder of what’s coming next.
• Summaries at the end of each subsection of a chapter.
• Three types of Further Readings: specialist texts, review articles and original articles. These readings will be a mix of the contemporary and the historical.
• A companion website with an array of materials for both instructors and students.
Packaged neatly as a one semester textbook, offered at an affordable price, and designed specifically to make the subject matter stimulating, Essential Cognitive Psychology is intended for all students taking this core course for the first time.
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Perception 1: The Interactive Nature of Perception
Perception 2: Perception for Recognition and Action
Attention 1: Selective Attention
Attention 2: Divided Attention
Memory 1: Memory Systems
Memory 2: Memory Processes
Memory 3: Semantic Memory
Thinking 1: Reasoning
Thinking 2: Problem Solving
Language 1: Word Recognition and Production
Language 2: Language Comprehension and Production
Dr Christopher Sterling lectures in Psychology at London South Bank University. His principal research interests are in dyslexia and he is currently working on identifying tests of reading comprehension and writing deficit for adult dyslexics.