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Understanding Cognition

ISBN: 978-0-631-15749-6
420 pages
January 1996, Wiley-Blackwell
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Understanding Cognition provides a lively, accessible and thorough introduction to this exciting and rapidly developing brannch of psychology. It is intended primarily for first year undergraduates, and for pre-degree students who seek a deeper appreciation of contemporary cognitive psychology. The book is divided into three sections, which cover: the major structures, processing systems and mental operations involved in memory, perception, attention, skills and language; cognition in action; and approaches to modelling cognition, including cognitive neuropsychology and connectionist approaches. Learning is supported throughout through the inclusion of reading lists, discussion questions, activities and case studies.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction.

Part I: Elements of Cognition:.

2. Memory.

3. Vision.

4. Language.

5. Attention.

6. Skill.

Part II: Using Cognition:.

7. Remembering.

8. Planning and Acting.

9. Reading.

10. Problem Solving and Decision Making.

Part III: Modelling Cognition:.

11. Artificial Intelligence.

12. Cognitive Neuropsychology.

13. Connectionism.



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Author Information

Peter J. Hampson is Statutory Lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology at University College Cork.

Peter E. Morris is Professor of Psychology at the University of Lancaster.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • An accessible, low-level text which provides a comprehensive introduction
  • Features support for teachers and students in the form of reading lists, discussion questions, activities and case studies
  • Large format, easy to read text with lots of illustrations and examples.
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"A well-researched and well -presented book which takes an interesting approach to cognitive psychology .... It seems to me a very good book for students taking first-year psychology courses at university either as psychology majors or as subsidiary students." Professor Martin Conway, University of Bristol

"Overall I thought that the book was enjoyable to read, well written, and reasonably comprehensive in its coverage." Tim J Perfect, Perception

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