1st Edition

The Psychology of Cognition An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

By Durk Talsma Copyright 2023
    836 Pages 443 Color & 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    836 Pages 443 Color & 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    900 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This comprehensive, cutting-edge textbook offers a layered approach to the study of cognitive neuroscience and psychology. It embraces multiple exciting 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 and perception-action integration

    • Motivation and reward processing

    • Emotion and cognition

    • Learning and memory

    • Language processing

    • Reasoning

    • Numerical cognition and categorisation

    • 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.


    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




    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, and 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