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The Psychology of Cognition
An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

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ISBN 9781032333618
April 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
900 Pages 443 Color & 45 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive, cutting-edge textbook offers a layered approach to the study of cognitive neuroscience and psychology. It embraces exciting alternative and influential theoretical approaches such as embodied cognition and predictive coding, and explaining new topics such as motor cognition, cognitive control, consciousness, and social cognition.

Durk Talsma offers foundational knowledge which he expands and enhances with coverage of complex topics, explaining their interrelatedness and presenting them together with classic experiments and approaches in a historic context. Providing broad coverage of world-class international research this richly illustrated textbook covers key topics including:

  • Action Control and Cognitive Control
  • Consciousness and attention
  • Perception
  • Multisensory processing
  • Motivation and reward processing
  • Emotion and cognition
  • Learning and memory
  • Language processing
  • Reasoning
  • Numerical cognition and categorization
  • Judgement, decision making and problem solving
  • Social cognition
  • Applied cognitive psychology

With pedagogical features that include highlights of relevant methods and historical notes to spark student interest, this essential text will be invaluable reading for all students of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 1. Cognitive psychology – history and development of a discipline

Chapter 2. The Brain

Part 2: Control

Chapter 3. Action and action control

Chapter 4. Consciousness and Attention

Chapter 5. Cognitive Control

Part 3: Perception

Chapter 6. Visual perception

Chapter 7. Auditory perception

Chapter 8. Mechanical perception

Part 4. Integration

Chapter 9. Multisensory integration

Chapter 10. Perception-action integration

Part 5. Emotion and motivation

Chapter 11. Motivation and reward

Chapter 12. Emotion and cognition

Chapter 14. The dynamics of our memory

Chapter 15. Everyday memory

Part 7. The Psychology of Language

Chapter 16. Language Functions

Chapter 17. Language perception and understanding

Chapter 18. Language Production

Part 8. Higher cognition

Chapter 19. Mental representations and reasoning skills

Chapter 20. Numbers and Categories

Chapter 21. Judgement and Decision making

Chapter 22. Problem solving and development of expertise

Part 9. A broader perspective

Chapter 23. Social Cognition

Chapter 24. To err is human: the role of errors in human cognition

Appendix: Bayesian inference



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Durk Talsma is Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium. His research interests include selective attention, multisensory integration, visual short-term memory, Event-Related Potential methodology.


Although there exist very many introductory textbooks on psychology, this book stands out. This is the single best introduction to psychological science in existence. The author enlivens the text with concrete examples, interesting anecdotes, and historical excursions. All of this radiates a love for the field and a love for science. - Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, Department of Psychological Methods, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

This is a hefty volume. It has to be — it is nothing less than a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute review of research in cognitive psychology. Talsma combines breadth of coverage and approachable style with nuance, depth of knowledge and historical context to satisfy newcomers to the field and the most demanding expert. This will become an instant classic and an indispensable resource for everyone interested in human cognition. - Paul M. Corballis, PhD, Professor, School of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand