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 neuroscience: the brain in action
Computational cognitive science
Comparisons of major approaches
Is there a replication crisis?
Outline of this book
PART I: Visual perception and attention
2 Basic processes in visual perception
Vision and the brain
Two visual systems: perception-action model
Perception without awareness: subliminal perception
3 Object and face recognition
Approaches to object recognition
Object recognition: top-down processes
4 Motion perception and action
Visually guided movement
Visually guided action: contemporary approaches
Perception of human motion
5 Attention and performance
Focused auditory attention
Focused visual attention
Disorders of visual attention
Divided attention: dual-task performance
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
Forgetting from long-term memory
7 Long-term memory systems
Beyond memory systems and declarative vs non-declarative memory
8 Everyday memory
Autobiographical memory: introduction
Memories across the lifetime
Theoretical approaches to autobiographical memory
Enhancing eyewitness memory
Theoretical perspectives on prospective memory
PART III: Language
9 Speech perception and reading
Speech (and music) perception
Listening to speech
Theories of speech perception
Reading: eye-movement research
10 Language comprehension
Theoretical approaches: parsing and prediction
Individual differences: working memory capacity
Discourse processing: inferences
Discourse comprehension: theoretical approaches
11 Language production
Basic aspects of speech production
Theories of speech production
Cognitive neuropsychology: speech production
Speech as communication
Writing: the main processes
PART IV: Thinking and reasoning
12 Problem solving and expertise
Problem solving: introduction
Gestalt approach and beyond: insight and role of experience
Analogical problem solving and reasoning
Deliberate practice and beyond
13 Judgement and decision-making
Theories of judgement
Decision-making under risk
Decision-making: emotional and social factors
Applied and complex decision-making
14 Reasoning and hypothesis testing
Theories of “deductive” reasoning
Brain systems in reasoning
Are humans rational?
PART V: Broadening horizons
15 Cognition and emotion
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
Functions of consciousness
Assessing consciousness and conscious experience
Global workspace and global neuronal workspace theories
Is consciousness unitary?
"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