This classic edition of Alan Parkin’s landmark textbook provides a clear, fundamental grounding in cognitive psychology for undergraduate students new to the subject. Essential Cognitive Psychology presents the reader with highly accessible overviews of all the core topics in the field. These introductions are designed to provide a strong basis for developing further interest in cognitive psychology, whilst at the same time forming self-contained accounts suitable for all students whose training requires a degree-level competence in Psychology.
Beginning with a chapter on the origins of cognitive psychology, which facilitates an understand of the topic as a whole, the book then goes on to cover visual perception, attention, memory, knowledge, imagery, language, and reasoning and problem solving. Each chapter includes a number of helpful pedagogical features, including a list of key terms highlighted in the text and a series of revision questions which address key issues in the chapter.
Written by an internationally recognised scientist and well-respected book author, and now with a brand new introduction from Jamie Ward, author of The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, Essential Cognitive Psychology will continue to be essential reading for students who require a thorough grounding in the topic without the specialization of more advanced textbooks.
Table of Contents
New Preface by James Ward. Preface to the old edition. 1. The origins of cognitive psychology. 2. Visual perception. 3. Attention. 4. Memory: Short-term storage. 5. Memory: Long-term store. 6. Memory: Codes, processes, and loops. 7. Memory: Remembering and forgetting. 8. Knowledge. 9. Imagery. 10. Language: Speech recognition. 11. Language: Word recognition and reading. 12. Language: Comprehension. 13. Language: Speaking and thinking. 14. Reasoning. 15. Problem solving.
Alan Parkin (1950-1999) was Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex. He is author of a number of successful textbooks including Memory: Phenomena, Experiment and Theory, Explorations in Cognitive Neuropsychology, and Memory and Amnesia, 2nd Edition.
Praise for the first edition:
'This clearly written text with its informal style and many illustrations, graphs, tables, and cartoons reviews all aspects of cognitive psychology from a research perspective that will attract and challenge newcomers to the field.' - Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society