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Essays in Cognitive Psychology


About the Series

Essays in Cognitive Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in cognitive psychology.

Primary topics include perception, movement and action, attention, memory, mental representation, language and problem solving.

Furthermore, the series seeks to define cognitive psychology in its broadest sense, encompassing all topics either informed by, or informing, the study of mental processes. As such, it covers a wide range of subjects including computational approaches to cognition, cognitive neuroscience, social cognition, and cognitive development, as well as areas more traditionally defined as cognitive psychology.

Each volume in the series makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.

The principal aim is that authors provide an overview of their own highly successful research program in an area.

Volumes also include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.

Each book is a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a well-structured review of the work described and evaluated.

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Flashbulb Memories

Flashbulb Memories

1st Edition

By Martin Conway
December 01, 1994

This book provides a state-of-the-art review and critical evaluation of research into 'flashbulb' memories. The opening chapters explore the 'encoding' view of flashbulb memory formation and critically appraise a number of lines of research that have opposed this view. It is concluded that this ...

Superior Memory

Superior Memory

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Valentine, John Wilding
September 01, 1997

This book examines the nature and causal antecedents of superior memory performance. The main theme is that such performance may depend on either specific memory techniques or natural superiority in the efficiency of one or more memory processes.Chapter 2 surveys current views about the structure ...

Mental Models and the Interpretation of Anaphora

Mental Models and the Interpretation of Anaphora

1st Edition

By Alan Garnham
January 12, 2001

The interpretation of anaphora - how we interpret expressions such as definite pronouns (he, she, it) and verbal elliptical phrases (such as "did so, too") in the course of ordinary conversation or reading - is an important aspect of language comprehension. In this book the author examines the ...

Life-Span Maintenance of Knowledge

Life-Span Maintenance of Knowledge

1st Edition

By Harry P. Bahrick, Lynda K. Hall, Melinda K. Baker
May 28, 2013

This volume describes how well we maintain the knowledge we acquire throughout life. Research traditionally focuses on memory for events that are retained over short time periods that can be accommodated in experiments. This book, by contrast, uniquely describes the evolution of methods suitable ...

Anxiety The Cognitive Perspective

Anxiety: The Cognitive Perspective

1st Edition

By Michael W. Eysenck
June 01, 1992

Correction notice: In chapter 4, on pages 70-71, Christos Halkiopoulos should have been credited for his role in the design and execution of the experiment discussed in Eysenck, M. W. (1991 a). Trait anxiety and cognition. In C. D. Spielberger, I. G. Sarason, Z. Kulczar, and J. Van Heck (Eds.), ...

Hypothesis-testing Behaviour

Hypothesis-testing Behaviour

1st Edition

By Fenna H. Poletiek
January 30, 2001

How do people search evidence for a hypothesis? A well documented answer in cognitive psychology is that they search for confirming evidence. However, the rational strategy is to try to falsify the hypothesis. This book critically evaluates this contradiction. Experimental research is discussed ...

The Creativity Conundrum A Propulsion Model of Kinds of Creative Contributions

The Creativity Conundrum: A Propulsion Model of Kinds of Creative Contributions

1st Edition

By Robert J. Sternberg, James C. Kaufman, Jean E. Pretz
November 28, 2012

This book challenges traditional notions of creativity as a trait, and brings forward ideas of multiple types of creativity, along with the possibility of development of creativity....

Space, Objects, Minds and Brains

Space, Objects, Minds and Brains

1st Edition

By Lynn C. Robertson
December 05, 2012

Lynn Robertson has been studying how brain lesions affect spatial abilities for over 20 years, and her work has revealed some surprising facts about space and its role in visual perception. In this book she combines evidence collected in her laboratory with findings from others to explore the ...

Semantic Priming Perspectives from Memory and Word Recognition

Semantic Priming: Perspectives from Memory and Word Recognition

1st Edition

By Timothy P. McNamara
August 16, 2012

Semantic priming has been a focus of research in the cognitive sciences for more than thirty years and is commonly used as a tool for investigating other aspects of perception and cognition, such as word recognition, language comprehension, and knowledge representations. Semantic Priming: ...

The Tip of the Tongue State

The Tip of the Tongue State

1st Edition

By Alan S. Brown
July 20, 2011

This book brings together the body of empirical findings and theoretical interpretations of the tip of the tongue (TOT) experience – when a well-known or familiar word cannot immediately be recalled. Although research has been published on TOTs for over a century, the experience retains its ...

Connectionist Modelling in Cognitive Neuropsychology: A Case Study A Special Issue of Cognitive Neuropsychology

Connectionist Modelling in Cognitive Neuropsychology: A Case Study: A Special Issue of Cognitive Neuropsychology

1st Edition

By David C. Plaut, Tim Shallice
September 01, 1994

Computational models offer tools for exploring the nature of human cognitive processes. In connectionist, neural network, or parallel distributed processing models, information processing takes the form of cooperative and competitive interactions among many simple, neuron-like processing units. ...

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