746 Pages 154 Color & 68 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    746 Pages 154 Color & 68 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    680 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This unique textbook explores core cognitive psychology topics from an innovative new perspective, focusing on key real-world issues to show how we understand and experience the world.

    The book examines compelling topics such as creativity, problem-solving, reasoning, rationality and language, all within the context of modern 21st century life. Each chapter demonstrates how this vibrant and constantly evolving discipline is at the heart of some of the biggest issues facing us all today. The last chapter discusses the future of cognitive psychology, which includes guidance on conducting rigorous, replicable research and how to use skills from cognitive psychology to be an effective student. Packed with pedagogical features, each chapter includes boxed examples of cognitive psychology in the real world and engaging ‘try it yourself’ features. Each chapter also includes objectives, a range of illustrative figures, chapter summaries, key readings and a glossary for ease of use. The book is fully supported by original online resources for students and instructors.

    Offering a new model for the study of cognitive psychology that brings the subject alive, the book is essential reading for all students studying psychology and related disciplines.

    Introduction 1. Cognitive psychology in a changing world; Our world today; What is Cognitive Psychology? A brief history of Cognitive Psychology; A global discipline; Cognitive Psychology today; Shaping the world; Understanding the world; Experiencing the world; Final thoughts – Five ways in which Cognitive Psychology can make a difference 2. Problem solving Theoretical integration 3. Creativity and expertise 4. Deductive reasoning 5. Concepts & categories 6. Judgment & decision making 7. Reading 8. Speech & other language issues 9. Writing 9. Memory and forgetting 10. Everyday memory 11. Attention 12. Perception 13. The nature of consciousness 14. The future of cognitive psychology: Issues and opportunities


    Linden J. Ball is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Associate Editor of Thinking & Reasoning and Series Editor for Routledge’s Current Issues in Thinking & Reasoning book series.

    Laurie T. Butler is Professor of Psychology, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Science of Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He is a Visiting Professor at Tohoku University, Japan, and at the University of Reading, UK. His research interests include nutrition and cognition, ageing, memory and choice, as well as behaviour change.

    Susan M. Sherman is Reader in Psychology at Keele University, UK. She is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has served as Chair of the BPS Cognitive Section and Deputy Chair of the BPS Research Board. Her research interests include false memory, word recognition and attitudes towards health behaviours such as screening and vaccination.

    Helen St. Clair-Thompson is Reader at Newcastle University, UK. She is Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was a member of the British Psychological Society Cognitive Section Committee from 2010 until 2017, and is currently a member of the British Psychological Society Undergraduate Education Committee.

    In this impressive textbook the authors present a remarkably complete overview of the Cognitive Psychology field. The book nicely covers the field's historical roots and current debates. At the same time it also illustrates how cognitive psychology can help to address critical real-world challenges. Highly recommended for students and scholars interested in this wonderful discipline. - Wim De Neys, CNRS Research Director, LaPsyDE, Université Paris Cité, France

    Our fundamental understanding of how the mind works has grown exponentially over the past few decades, but what does basic research on perception, memory, attention, and reasoning tell us about human behaviour in the real world? How can it guide us as we confront such challenges as quantifying risks, coping with climate change and pandemics, and adapting to new technology? Cognitive Psychology in a Changing World makes a compelling and highly readable case that cognitive psychology provides an essential tool for understanding why people act as they do. - David Shanks, Professor and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences, UCL, UK

    This text, which deals with basic psychological research and the neuroscientific research that supports it, has the advantage of devoting wide space to practical implications for situations in daily life, thus motivating the reader to understand and learn, as cognitive psychology itself teaches. - Monica Bucciarelli, University of Torino, Italy

    Linden Ball and colleagues have created a refreshingly unorthodox cognition text, approaching the discipline from a fresh perspective. Organising the material into three broad sections - shaping, understanding, and experiencing the changing world we inhabit - they reverse the typical order of topics, starting with the bigger picture, and to my mind this works well. The text is full of contemporary real-world examples to engage the reader, backed up with recent research evidence, as well as many ‘try it yourself’ activities. The authors also situate cognitive research within broader issues, such as the replication crisis, open science, and decolonisation. The final chapter is a stimulating discussion of issues and opportunities facing cognitive research in the third decade of the 21st century. - Philip Fine, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Buckingham, UK