Originally published in 1978 Volume 5 of this Handbook reflects a single theoretical orientation, that characterized by the term human information processing in the literature at the time, but which ranges over a very broad spectrum of cognitive activities. The first two chapters give some overall picture of the background, goals, method, and limitations of the information-processing approach. The remaining chapters treat in detail some principal areas of application – visual processing, mental chronometry, representation of spatial information in memory, problem solving, and the theory of instruction.
The first three volumes of the Handbook presented an overview of the field, followed by treatments of conditioning, behavior theory, and human learning and retention. With the fourth volume, the focus of attention shifted from the domain of learning theory to that of cognitive psychology.
Foreword. 1. W.K. Estes The Information-Processing Approach to Cognition: A Confluence of Metaphors and Methods 2. W.G. Chase Elementary Information Processes 3. M.T. Turvey Visual Processing and Short-Term Memory 4. Michael I. Posner and Miriam G. K. Rogers Chronometric Analysis of Abstraction and Recognition 5. Roger N. Shepard and Peter Podgorny Cognitive Processes that Resemble Perceptual Processes 6. James G. Greeno Natures of Problem-Solving Abilities 7. Herbert A. Simon Information-Processing Theory of Human Problem Solving 8. Verne G. Chant and Richard C. Atkinson Application of Learning Models and Optimization Theory to Problems of Instruction. Author Index. Subject Index.