8th Edition

Cognitive Psychology A Student's Handbook

By Michael W. Eysenck, Mark T. Keane Copyright 2020
    980 Pages 72 Color Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    980 Pages 72 Color Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    980 Pages 72 Color Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    The fully updated eighth edition of Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook provides comprehensive yet accessible coverage of all the key areas in the field ranging from visual perception and attention through to memory and language. Each chapter is complete with key definitions, practical real-life applications, chapter summaries and suggested further reading to help students develop an understanding of this fascinating but complex field.

    The new edition includes:

    • an increased emphasis on neuroscience
    • updated references to reflect the latest research
    • applied ‘in the real world’ case studies and examples.

    Widely regarded as the leading undergraduate textbook in the field of cognitive psychology, this new edition comes complete with an enhanced accompanying companion website. The website includes a suite of learning resources including simulation experiments, multiple-choice questions, and access to Primal Pictures’ interactive 3D atlas of the brain. The companion website can be accessed at: www.routledge.com/cw/eysenck.

    List of illustrations


    Visual tour (how to use this book)

    1 Approaches to human cognition


    Cognitive psychology

    Cognitive neuropsychology

    Cognitive neuroscience: the brain in action

    Computational cognitive science

    Comparisons of major approaches

    Is there a replication crisis?

    Outline of this book

    Chapter summary

    Further reading



    PART I: Visual perception and attention

    2 Basic processes in visual perception


    Vision and the brain

    Two visual systems: perception-action model

    Colour vision

    Depth perception

    Perception without awareness: subliminal perception

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    3 Object and face recognition


    Pattern recognition

    Perceptual organisation

    Approaches to object recognition

    Object recognition: top-down processes

    Face recognition

    Visual imagery

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    4 Motion perception and action


    Direct perception

    Visually guided movement

    Visually guided action: contemporary approaches

    Perception of human motion

    Change blindness

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    5 Attention and performance


    Focused auditory attention

    Focused visual attention

    Disorders of visual attention

    Visual search

    Cross-modal effects

    Divided attention: dual-task performance

    “Automatic” processing

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    PART II: Memory

    6 Learning, memory and forgetting


    Short-term vs long-term memory

    Working memory: Baddeley and Hitch

    Working memory: individual differences and executive functions

    Levels of processing (and beyond)

    Learning through retrieval

    Implicit learning

    Forgetting from long-term memory

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    7 Long-term memory systems


    Declarative memory

    Episodic memory

    Semantic memory

    Non-declarative memory

    Beyond memory systems and declarative vs non-declarative memory

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    8 Everyday memory


    Autobiographical memory: introduction

    Memories across the lifetime

    Theoretical approaches to autobiographical memory

    Eyewitness testimony

    Enhancing eyewitness memory

    Prospective memory

    Theoretical perspectives on prospective memory

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    PART III: Language

    9 Speech perception and reading


    Speech (and music) perception

    Listening to speech

    Context effects

    Theories of speech perception

    Cognitive neuropsychology

    Reading: introduction

    Word recognition

    Reading aloud

    Reading: eye-movement research

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    10 Language comprehension


    Parsing: overview

    Theoretical approaches: parsing and prediction


    Individual differences: working memory capacity

    Discourse processing: inferences

    Discourse comprehension: theoretical approaches

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    11 Language production


    Basic aspects of speech production

    Speech planning

    Speech errors

    Theories of speech production

    Cognitive neuropsychology: speech production

    Speech as communication

    Writing: the main processes


    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    PART IV: Thinking and reasoning

    12 Problem solving and expertise


    Problem solving: introduction

    Gestalt approach and beyond: insight and role of experience

    Problem-solving strategies

    Analogical problem solving and reasoning


    Chess-playing expertise

    Medical expertise

    Brain plasticity

    Deliberate practice and beyond

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    13 Judgement and decision-making


    Judgement research

    Theories of judgement

    Decision-making under risk

    Decision-making: emotional and social factors

    Applied and complex decision-making

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    14 Reasoning and hypothesis testing


    Hypothesis testing

    Deductive reasoning

    Theories of “deductive” reasoning

    Brain systems in reasoning

    Informal reasoning

    Are humans rational?

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    PART V: Broadening horizons

    15 Cognition and emotion


    Appraisal theories

    Emotion regulation

    Affect and cognition: attention and memory

    Affect and cognition: judgement and decision-making

    Judgement and decision-making: theoretical approaches

    Anxiety, depression and cognitive biases

    Cognitive bias modification and beyond

    Chapter summary

    Further reading


    16 Consciousness


    Functions of consciousness

    Assessing consciousness and conscious experience

    Global workspace and global neuronal workspace theories

    Is consciousness unitary?

    Chapter summary

    Further reading



    Author index

    Subject index


    Michael W. Eysenck is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also Professorial Fellow at Roehampton University, London. He is the best-selling author of several textbooks including Fundamentals of Cognition (2018), Memory (with Alan Baddeley and Michael C. Anderson, 2014) and Fundamentals of Psychology (2009).

    Mark T. Keane is Chair of Computer Science at University College Dublin.

    "This edition of Eysenck and Keane has further enhanced the status of Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook, as a high benchmark that other textbooks on this topic fail to achieve. It is informative, and innovative, without losing any of its hallmark coverage and readability."

    Professor Robert Logie, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    "The best student’s handbook on cognitive psychology – an indispensable volume brought up-to-date in this latest edition. It explains everything from low-level vision to high-level consciousness, and it can serve as an introductory text."

    Professor Philip Johnson-Laird, Stuart Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Princeton University, United States

    "I first read Eysenck and Keane’s Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook in its third edition, during my own undergraduate studies. Over the course of its successive editions since then, the content – like the field of cognition itself – has evolved and grown to encompass current trends, novel approaches and supporting learning resources. It remains, in my opinion, the gold standard for cognitive psychology textbooks."

    Dr. Richard Roche, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Maynooth University, Ireland

    "Eysenck and Keane have once again done an excellent job, not only in terms of keeping the textbook up-to-date with the latest studies, issues, and debates; but also by making the content even more accessible and clear without compromising accuracy or underestimating the reader's intelligence. After all these years, this book remains an essential tool for students of cognitive psychology, covering the topic in the appropriate breadth and depth."

    Dr. Gerasimos Markopoulos, Senior Lecturer, School of Science, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom 

    "Eysenck and Keane’s popular textbook offers comprehensive coverage of what psychology students need to know about human cognition. The textbook introduces the core topics of cognitive psychology that serve as the fundamental building blocks to our understanding of human behavior. The authors integrate contemporary developments in the field and provide an accessible entry to neighboring disciplines such as cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology."

    Dr. Motonori Yamaguchi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Essex, United Kingdom

    "The eighth edition of Cognitive Psychology by Eysenck and Keane provides possibly the most comprehensive coverage of cognition currently available. The text is clear and easy to read with clear links to theory across the chapters. A real highlight is the creative use of up-to-date real-world examples throughout the book."

    Associate Professor Rhonda Shaw, Head of the School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, Australia

    "Unmatched in breadth and scope, it is the authoritative textbook on cognitive psychology. It outlines the history and major developments within the field, while discussing state-of-the-art experimental research in depth. The integration of online resources keeps the material fresh and engaging."

    Associate Professor Søren Risløv Staugaard, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

    "Eysenck and Keane’s Cognitive Psychology provides comprehensive topic coverage and up-to-date research. The writing style is concise and easy to follow, which makes the book suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students. The authors use real-life examples that are easily relatable to students, making the book very enjoyable to read."

    Associate Professor Lin Agler, School of Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, United States