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Cognitive Psychology

A Student's Handbook, 8th Edition

By Michael W. Eysenck, Mark T. Keane

Psychology Press

838 pages | 72 Color Illus.

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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:


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.

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 3rd 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 8th 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.

Rhonda Shaw, Associate Professor, 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.

Søren Risløv Staugaard, Associate Professor, 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.

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

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

Table of Contents

1. Approaches to human cognition, PART ONE: Visual perception and attention, 2. Basic processes in visual perception, 3. Object and face recognition, 4. Motor perception and action, 5. Attention and performance, PART TWO: Memory, Chapter 6: Learning, memory and forgetting, 7. Long-term memory systems, 8. Everyday memory, PART THREE: Language, 9. Speech perception and reading, 10. Language comprehension, 11. Language production, PART FOUR: Thinking and reasoning, 12. Problem solving and expertise, 13. Judgement and decision making, 14. Reasoning and hypothesis testing, PART FIVE: Broadening horizons, 15: Cognition and emotion, 16: Consciousness

About the Authors

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

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology