4th Edition

An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology Processes and Disorders

By David Groome Copyright 2021
    444 Pages 168 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    444 Pages 168 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Processes and Disorders provides a comprehensive, yet accessible, overview of the field for undergraduate students. The fourth edition has been thoroughly revised throughout to provide a comprehensive introduction to the core topics of cognition, including memory, perception, thinking, and language. Uniquely, alongside coverage of normal cognitive function, the book also includes chapters on clinical disorders such as agnosia, amnesia, and aphasia, providing a more balanced insight into the nature of cognition and its related disorders.

    Key features:

    • Completely revised and updated throughout to provide a comprehensive overview of current thinking in the field
    • Accessibly written by experienced textbook authors and academic experts, including Michael Eysenck and Sophie Scott
    • A new chapter on Problem Solving, written by Fernand Gobet, a leading authority in the field 
    • Greater coverage of neuropsychological disorders, with additional coverage of brain imaging research
    • Features a wealth of real-world examples throughout to bring research to life
    • Specially designed textbook features, chapter summaries, further reading, and a glossary of key terms

    An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology will appeal to all students on an undergraduate psychology degree course, as well as to those studying in related clinical professions.

    Ch1 Introduction to cognitive psychology (David Groome)

    Ch2 Perception (Graham Edgar, Helen Edgar, & Graham Pike)

    Ch3 Attention (Graham Edgar, Helen Edgar, & Elizabeth Styles)

    Ch4 Disorders of perception and attention (Tom Manly & Hayley Ness)

    Ch5 Short-term memory (David Groome & Robin Law)

    Ch6 Long-term memory (David Groome & Robin Law)

    Ch7 Disorders of memory (David Groome)

    Ch8 Thinking and problem-solving (Fernand Gobet)

    Ch9 Disorders of thinking and problem-solving (Fernand Gobet & Nicola Brace)

    Ch10 Language (Sophie Scott)

    Ch11 Disorders of language (Sophie Scott)

    Ch12 Cognition and emotion (Michael Eysenck)


    David Groome was formerly Principal Lecturer and Senior Academic in Psychology at the University of Westminster, where he worked from 1970 to 2011. He retired from teaching in 2011 but continues to carry out research and write books. His research interests include cognition and memory, and their relationship with clinical disorders. He has published a number of research papers on these topics and is the co-author of ten previous textbooks.

    'Now in its fourth edition, this textbook provides a comprehensive and very accessible introduction to human cognition—from perception through attention, memory, thinking, language, and emotion. Uniquely, together with describing normal cognitive processes, it covers corresponding disorders of cognition. It is exceptionally clearly written and up to date, well suited to college and university introductory courses on cognition. Indeed, it is a great place to begin for anyone with an interest in how the mind works!' 

    Colin M. MacLeod, PhD FRSC, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo

    'This book offers a superbly edited overview of the basics of cognitive psychology from the different perspectives of a variety of experts. It also stands out against traditional textbooks in this area in that it provides an engaging and unique approach by including a comprehensive review of the disorders associated with each area of cognitive psychology. This is something I think students will fully appreciate and find helpful and relevant.'

    Steve Charlton, Douglas College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    'In this revised 4th Edition, David Groome and his expert contributors have created a comprehensive and clearly-presented textbook. The four separate chapters on ‘disorders’ are an excellent feature of the book.'

     Vicki Bruce, Professor of Psychology and former Head of the School of Psychology at Newcastle University