Cognition and the Symbolic Processes: Applied and Ecological Perspectives (Paperback) book cover

Cognition and the Symbolic Processes

Applied and Ecological Perspectives

Edited by Robert R. Hoffman, David S. Palermo

© 1991 – Psychology Press

564 pages

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Paperback: 9780805809046
pub: 1991-04-01
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pub: 1991-05-01

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About the Book

This volume is a festschrift dedicated to James J. Jenkins, a pioneer in many areas of experimental psychology. It has three major goals: to provide a forum for debate on current theoretical issues in cognitive psychology, to capture the "state of the art" in reviews of research methods and results, and to generate ideas for new research directions and methodologies. Contributors -- including Jenkins' former students and present colleagues -- ponder fundamental questions such as:

* How do people learn to read?

* What happens during the processes of speech perception?

* How do people acquire problem solving skills?

* How do cognitive and motor skills develop and integrate with one another?

Many chapters focus specifically on ecological and applied cognitive psychology. Specific topics covered include visual and speech perception, language, memory, motivation, child development, problem solving, and pedagogy.


"….Something of interest for every cognitive experimental psychologist….Chapters are current, readable, and informative."


"…an excellent textbook source. Because this edited volume covers a broad range of topics found in both the basic and applied areas of experimental psychology, it should be viewed as a useful tool to both the student and professor of applied experimental psychology….an excellent resource for a course in human factors that stresses psychology principles of human factors."

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Table of Contents

Contents: Part I:Perspectives. R.R. Hoffman, D.S. Palermo, Introduction. D.L. Horton, Retrospections on the Study of Memory and Cognition. U. Neisser, Direct Perception and Other Forms of Knowing. Part II:Speech Perception. A.M. Liberman, I.G. Mattingly, Modularity and the Effects of Experience. M. Studdert-Kennedy, A Note on Linguistic Nativism. R.L. Diehl, K.R. Kluender, M.A. Walsh, E.M. Parker, Auditory Enhancement in Speech Perception and Phonology. Part III:Language Comprehension. N.F. Johnson, Holistic Models of Word Recognition. C. Clifton, Jr., Syntactic Modularity in Sentence Comprehension. D.J. Foss, S.R. Speer, Global and Local Context Effects in Sentence Processing. P.B. Gough, The Complexity of Reading. Part IV:Cognition and Motivation. W.N. Dember, Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion: Ideology Revisited. R.R. Hoffman, J.E. Waggoner D.S. Palermo, Metaphor and Context in the Language of Emotion. H. Ross, Fog Cat Fog. Part V:The Development of Knowledge and Problem Solving Skills. W.F. Brewer, A. Samarapungavan, Children's Theories vs. Scientific Theories: Differences in Reasoning or Differences in Knowledge? J.B. Pittenger, Cognitive Physics and Event Perception: Two Approaches to the Assessment of People's Knowledge of Physics. J.G. Greeno, Mathematical Cognition: Accomplishments and Challenges in Research. J. Franks, J. Bransford, K. Brailey, S. Purdon, Understanding Memory Access. Part VI:Pedagogy. D. Premack, The Aesthetic Basis of Pedagogy. J.A. Becker, Pragmatic Skills and the Acquisition of Linguistic Competence. J.J. Jenkins, Educating for Applications: Possibilities and Paradoxes. Part VII:Perception and Motor Skills. R.N. Kraft, Light and Mind: Understanding the Structure of Film. C. Carello, M.T. Turvey, Ecological Units of Analysis and Baseball's "Illusions." P.N. Kugler, R.E. Shaw, K.J. Vicente, J. Kinsella-Shaw, The Role of Attractors in the Self-Organization of Intentional Systems. H.L. Pick, Jr., K.S. Rosengren, Perception and Representation in the Development of Mobility. Part VIII:Applications of Cognitive Psychology. P.H. Brooks, J. Van Hanneghan, An Eventful Approach to Studying Mental Retardation. L.S. Mark, M.J. Dainoff, R. Moritz, D. Vogele, An Ecological Framework for Ergonomic Research and Design. R. Warren, Methodological Problems in Applied Cognition and Perception Research: Theoretical Implications.

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