Essays in Cognitive Psychology

Series Editors: Henry L. Roediger, III, James R. Pomerantz, Alan Baddeley, Jonathan Grainger, Daniel Baker

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.

  • Hypothetical Thinking

    Dual Processes in Reasoning and Judgement

    By Jonathan St. B. T. Evans

    Hypothetical thought involves the imagination of possibilities and the exploration of their consequences by a process of mental simulation. Using a recently developed theoretical framework called Hypothetical Thinking Theory, Jonathan St. B. T. Evans provides an integrated theoretical account of a…

    Paperback – 2015-05-07
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  • Working Memory

    Loss and reconstruction

    By Pierre Barrouillet, Valérie Camos

    Working memory is the cognitive system in charge of the temporary maintenance of information in view of its on-going processing. Lying at the centre of cognition, it has become a key concept in psychological science. The book presents a critical review and synthesis of the working memory literature…

    Paperback – 2014-09-23
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  • The Deja Vu Experience

    By Alan S. Brown

    Most of us have been perplexed by a strange sense of familiarity when doing something for the first time. We feel that we have been here before, or done this before, but know for sure that this is impossible. In fact, according to numerous surveys, about two-thirds of us have experienced déj&…

    Paperback – 2014-06-08
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  • Working Memory Capacity

    By Nelson Cowan

    The idea of one's memory "filling up" is a humorous misconception of how memory in general is thought to work; it is actually has no capacity limit. However, the idea of a "full brain" makes more sense with reference to working memory, which is the limited amount of information a person can hold…

    Paperback – 2014-06-08
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  • Associative Illusions of Memory

    False Memory Research in DRM and Related Tasks

    By David Gallo

    The last decade has seen a flurry of experimental research into the neurocognitive underpinnings of illusory memories. Using simple materials and tests (e.g., recalling words or pictures), methods such as the famed Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) task have attracted considerable attention. These…

    Paperback – 2014-06-08
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  • Space and Sense

    By Susanna Millar

    How do we perceive the space around us, locate objects within it, and make our way through it? What do the senses contribute? This book focuses on touch in order to examine which aspects of vision and touch overlap in spatial processing. It argues that spatial processing depends crucially on…

    Paperback – 2013-11-20
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  • Life-Span Maintenance of Knowledge

    By Harry P. Bahrick, Lynda K. Hall, Melinda K. Baker

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-05-27
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  • Space, Objects, Minds and Brains

    By Lynn C. Robertson

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-12-04
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  • The Creativity Conundrum

    A Propulsion Model of Kinds of Creative Contributions

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

    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.…

    Paperback – 2012-11-27
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  • Semantic Priming

    Perspectives from Memory and Word Recognition

    By Timothy P. McNamara

    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:…

    Paperback – 2012-08-15
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  • Extraordinary Memories for Exceptional Events

    By Stephen R. Schmidt

    Not all memories are created equal. Our memories for some very exceptional events seem to stand out in our minds, and as such they may form the very core of who we are. Perhaps you have a vivid recollection of a fateful day, an unforgettable face, or a hilarious joke. This book summarizes theories…

    Hardback – 2012-04-24
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  • The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification

    By James Michael Lampinen, Jeffrey S. Neuschatz, Andrew D. Cling

    This volume provides a tutorial review and evaluation of scientific research on the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness identification. The book starts with the perspective that there are a variety of conceptual and empirical problems with eyewitness identification as a form of forensic…

    Hardback – 2012-02-14
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  • The Tip of the Tongue State

    By Alan S. Brown

    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…

    Hardback – 2011-07-19
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  • Mnemonology

    Mnemonics for the 21st Century

    By James B. Worthen, R. Reed Hunt

    This book bridges the gap between basic memory research and mnemonic applications through a careful analysis of the processes that underlie effective memory aids. The book traces the history of mnemonics, examines popular techniques, and discusses the current relevance of mnemonics to both…

    Hardback – 2010-07-13
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  • Principles of Memory

    By Aimée M. Surprenant, Ian Neath

    In over 100 years of scientific research on human memory, and nearly 50 years after the so-called cognitive revolution, we have nothing that really constitutes a widely accepted and frequently cited law of memory, and perhaps only one generally accepted principle. The purpose of this monograph is…

    Hardback – 2009-06-02
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  • Emotional Memory Across the Adult Lifespan

    By Elizabeth A. Kensinger

    Though many factors can influence the likelihood that we remember a past experience, one critical determinant is whether the experience caused us to have an emotional response. Emotional experiences are more likely to be remembered than nonemotional ones, and over the past couple of decades there…

    Hardback – 2008-12-14
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  • Saying, Seeing and Acting

    The Psychological Semantics of Spatial Prepositions

    By Kenny R. Coventry, Simon C. Garrod

    Our use of spatial prepositions carries an implicit understanding of the functional relationships both between objects themselves and human interaction with those objects.This is the thesis rigorously explicated in Saying, Seeing and Acting. It aims to account not only for our theoretical…

    Hardback – 2004-02-04
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  • Visuo-spatial Working Memory and Individual Differences

    By Cesare Cornoldi, Tomaso Vecchi

    In this timely and comprehensive text, Cesare Cornoldi and Tomaso Vecchi describe their recently developed experimental approach to the investigation of visuo-spatial cognition, based upon the analysis of individual differences. A review of the most influential theoretical advances in the study of…

    Hardback – 2003-04-09
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  • Hypothesis-testing Behaviour

    By Fenna H. Poletiek

    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…

    Hardback – 2000-12-13
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  • Mental Models and the Interpretation of Anaphora

    By Alan Garnham

    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…

    Hardback – 2000-11-08
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  • Rationality and Reasoning

    By Jonathon St. B.T. Evans, David E. Over

    This book addresses an apparent paradox in the psychology of thinking. On the one hand, human beings are a highly successful species. On the other, intelligent adults are known to exhibit numerous errors and biases in laboratory studies of reasoning and decision making. There has been much debate…

    Paperback – 1999-06-16
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  • Superior Memory

    By Elizabeth Valentine, John Wilding

    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…

    Hardback – 1997-09-04
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  • Anxiety and Cognition

    A Unified Theory

    By Michael Eysenck

    It is argued in this book that there are three major approaches to anxiety. First, there is anxiety as an emotional state. Second, there is trait anxiety as a dimension of personality. Third, there is anxiety as a set of anxiety disorders. What is attempted is to produce a unified theory of anxiety…

    Hardback – 1997-05-13
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  • Superportraits

    Caricatures and Recognition

    By Gillian Rhodes

    As Nixon's unpopularity increased during Watergate, his nose and jowls grew to impossible proportions in published caricatures. Yet the caricatures remained instantly recognizable. Caricatures can even be superportraits, with the paradoxical quality of being more like the face than the face…

    Hardback – 1997-02-27
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  • Affect, Cognition and Change

    Re-Modelling Depressive Thought

    By Philip Barnard, John Teasdale

    This text, a collaboration between a clinical psychologist and a cognitive psychologist, offers a cognitive account of depression.…

    Paperback – 1995-02-26
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  • Flashbulb Memories

    By Martin Conway

    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…

    Hardback – 1994-12-13
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  • Visuo-spatial Working Memory

    By Robert H. Logie

    Representation of the visual and spatial properties of our environment is a pivotal requirement of everyday cognition. We can mentally represent the visual form of objects. We can extract information from several of the senses as to the location of objects in relation to ourselves and to other…

    Hardback – 1994-11-27
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  • Connectionist Modelling in Cognitive Neuropsychology: A Case Study

    A Special Issue of Cognitive Neuropsychology

    By David C. Plaut, Tim Shallice

    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.…

    Hardback – 1994-09-19
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  • Reading and the Mental Lexicon

    By Marcus Taft

    Over the last twenty years a major area of cognitive psychology has developed centred upon research into the issues of how visually presented words are processed so that they can be read and understood. The focus has been on how words are stored in the mental lexicon and retrieved during the…

    Paperback – 1993-12-06
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  • Implicit Learning

    Theoretical and Empirical Issues

    By Dianne C. Berry, Zoltan Dienes

    There is considerable debate over the extent to which cognitive tasks can be learned non-consciously or implicitly. In recent years a large number of studies have demonstrated a discrepancy between explicit knowledge and measured performance. This book presents an overview of these studies and…

    Hardback – 1993-11-29
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  • Working Memory and Language

    By Susan E. Gathercole, Alan D. Baddeley

    This book evaluates the involvement of working memory in five central aspects of language processing: vocabulary acquisition, speech production, reading development, skilled reading, and comprehension. The authors draw upon experimental, neuropsychological and developmental evidence in a…

    Paperback – 1993-09-05
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  • Deduction

    By R.M.J. Byrne, P.N. Johnson-Laird

    How do people make deductions? The orthodox answer to the question is that deductive reasoning depends on a mental logic containing formal rules of inference. The authors of this book have spent several years investigating the process. They repudiate the orthodox theory. They argue instead that…

    Paperback – 1992-10-30
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  • Anxiety

    The Cognitive Perspective

    By Michael W. Eysenck

    Theorists are increasingly arguing that it is fruitful to approach anxiety from the cognitive perspective, and the empirical evidence supports that contention. The cognitive perspective is also adopted in this book, but the approach represents a development and extension of earlier ones. For…

    Hardback – 1992-06-25
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