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Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Second Edition

August 2002 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
As with the First Edition, the author provides students with a synthesis of cognitive psychology at its best. The thoroughly revised Second Edition includes: chapters on the development of language, memory and perception; the contribution made by neuroscience and neuroimaging in recent years; and coverage on memory distortions.

The book is divided into six sections: Part One introduces the discipline of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience; Part Two covers basic cognitive operations of perception, attention and memory; Part Three addresses learning, knowing and remembering; Part Four covers language; and Part Five explores thinking skills and concludes the book with an integrative chapter on intelligence, showing the centrality of cognitive psychology to a highly visible and important arena of psychology as a whole.

`Kellogg's textbook provides outstanding coverage of contemporary cognitive psychology. I especially welcomed chapters on Cognitive Neuroscience, providing neural underpinnings of cognition, and Intelligence. The latter topic is rarely included in books on cognition because the study of intelligence developed in a somewhat separate tradition from experimental cognitive psychology. Yet clearly intelligence should be considered as part of cognitive psychology, too. The coverage in the book is comprehensive and authoritative, but the chapters I read are also quite interesting and accessible. This book should be widely used as a text and a reference work' - Henry L Roediger, III

Part 1 Scope & Methods
1. Introduction
Defining Cognitive Psychology. Core Concepts. Research Methods. Overview of the Text. Summary. Key Terms

2. Cognitive Neuroscience
Mind & Brain. Functional Neuroanatomy. Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience. Connectionist Models. Summary. Key Terms

Part II: Fundamentals of Cognition
3. Perception
Visual Consciousness. Pattern Recognition. Face Perception. Speech Perception. Summary. Key Terms

4. Attention
Filter Theories. Capacity Theories. Automatic Processes. Visual Attention. Summary. Key Terms

5. Memory
Encoding, Storage, & Retrieval. Sensory Memory. Short-Term versus Long-Term memory. Working Memory. Summary. Key Terms

Part III: Learning, Knowing, & Remembering
6. Episodic Memory
Types of Long-Term Memory. Encoding & Storing Events. Retrieval Processes. Summary. Key Terms.

7. Distortions of Memory
Reconstructive Retrieval. Encoding Distortions. Source Monitoring. Eyewitess Testimony. Summary. Key Terms.

8. Semantic Memory
Representing Concepts. Propositions & Images. Using Semantic Memory. Summary. Key Terms

9. Learning Concepts & Skills
Concept Learning. Learning Processes. Implicit Learning. Acquiring Expertise. Summary. Key Terms

Part IV: Knowing and Using Language
10. Language
Defining Language. Representations of Language. Thought & Language. Summary. Key Terms.

11. Language Production
Speech Production. Sentence Generation. Writing. Summary. Key Terms.

12. Language Comprehension
Word Recognition. Sentence Comprehension. Discourse Comprehension. Summary. Key Terms.

Part V: Thinking
13. Problem Solving
Types of Thinking. A General Model of Problem Solving. Creativity. Summary. Key Terms

14. Reasoning & Decision Making
Syllogistic Reasoning. Conditional Reasoning. Decision Making. Summary. Key Terms.

15. Intelligence
Defining Intelligence. Genetic & Environmental Influences. Sex Differences. Summary. Key Terms.


Not appropriate for the psychology course where I teach. A book very focused on neurosciences and our course is psychotherapy focused.

Dr José Daniel Ferreira Nunes Barbosa de Castro
Psychology, Instituto Universitário da Maia ISMAI
January 23, 2024

a very good book, quite in depth for level 3 but essential for university.

Ms Athiyah Roomi
Psychology, Nottingham College
October 2, 2019

Excellent book. well laid out and enjoyable to read

Ms Lorna Harris
Peaks Centre, Sheffield College
January 4, 2016

excellent coverage of the broad domain of modern cognitive psychology. The chapter of cognitive neuroscience is particularly beneficial as it grounds the developmental elements of human cognition within the wider domain of neurological research which has been growing significantly over the last decades. This provides students with a comprehensive and authoritative coverage but not in a way that is inaccessible to students studying an undergraduate course in psychology.

Mr David Saunders
Division of Psychology, Northampton Univ.
June 3, 2014

Very good book for students at all levels

Mr Alan Searle
Psychology , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
October 26, 2013

I liked the organization of the text plus the writing is an easy read

Mrs Ariana Durando
Psychology Dept, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
August 21, 2012

A detailed, well written, book.

Nicola Michael
Dept of Learning Resources, Merthyr Tydfil College
July 2, 2012

Ronald T. Kellogg

Ronald T. Kellogg is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University. His education includes degrees from the University of Iowa (BS, psychology) and the University of Colorado (MA and PhD, experimental psychology) and postdoctoral study at Stanford University. His past research has examined attention, long-term memory, concept learning, and cognitive processes in writing. His current work focuses on working memory in written composition and hemispheric differences in the semantic processing of language production. He has authored numerous technical journal articles and book chapters plus several books,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761921301