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Higher Education

Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience, 1st Edition

  • includes Coglab Online and Concept Charts Booklet
  • E. Bruce Goldstein University of Pittsburgh and University of Arizona
  • ISBN-10: 0534577261  |  ISBN-13: 9780534577261
  • 608 Pages
  • © 2005 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available



Connecting the study of cognition to everyday life in an unprecedented way, Bruce Goldstein’s COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY gives equal treatment to both the landmark studies and the cutting-edge research that define this fascinating field. The text employs a wealth of concrete examples and illustrations that will help students understand the theories of cognition -- driving home both the scientific importance of the theories and their relevance to students’ daily lives. Students will leave this text with a true understanding of the "behind the scenes" activity that happens in the mind when humans do such seemingly simple activities as perceiving, remembering, or thinking. Goldstein’s coverage also focuses on the behavioral and physiological approaches to cognition by including physiological materials in every chapter. To help students further experiment with the concepts discussed in the text, free pincode access to CogLab: The Online Cognitive Psychology Laboratory is automatically packaged with every new copy of the text. Students also automatically receive the Concept Maps with CogLab Online Manual. The manual includes 60 "Concept Maps," which present the major concepts in the text using a visual approach that will help students remember the material.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology.
2. Cognition and the Brain: Basic Principles.
3. Perception.
4. Attention.
5. Sensory Memory, Short-Term Memory, and Working Memory.
6. Long-Term Memory: Basic Principles.
7. Everyday Memory and Memory Errors.
8. Knowledge.
9. Visual Imagery.
10. Language.
11. Problem Solving.
12. Reasoning and Decision Making.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The book is excellent, the demonstrations and examples are excellent."

— Greg Simpson, University of Kansas

"This chapter was extremely well written. It is the best Imagery chapter that I have read."

— Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh

"The primary strength of the book is that both within and across chapters the author has done a very nice job of starting with foundational topics/concepts and building in a very coherent fashion to broader and higher level conceptualizations….There is a nice balance between classic and contemporary coverage of cognitive-behavioral and physiological approaches. There is in most all cases a very nice balance between experiment, theory, and everyday life. I particularly like that the author takes the time to explain the weaknesses of any particular theory in a way that allows the student to understand not just how the particular theory is weak but also allows critical transfer to evaluation of other theories." "The principle strength of the text is both its organization and coverage. The authors do a very nice job of building from basic to complex in a way that students will easily be able to manage."

— Douglas Waring, Appalachian State University

"I feel that the current manuscript has some important strengths, including ones I look for in a text I wish to adopt. Notably, I found the writing and the approach to the material to likely be very accessible to students. The text has good coverage with a well-organized introduction to vital concepts. A major strength which I also demand in my course is a commitment toward active learning, and it refreshing to see a text do that."

— Lisa Maxfield, California State University at Long Beach

"The author has put great attention and thought into making the demonstrations and examples work and come alive for students. In that respect, this text will be of great help to the instructor in that students can get some of the thrill of learning about the mind from the way the text is presented."

— Bennett Schwartz, Florida International University

"The author does a good job balancing theory, data, and applications. A good job is done describing the basic methodological details (including a large number of figures that help spell out aspects of the design), and the use of many graphs to supplement the verbal description is consistent with the old adage ’a picture is worth a thousand words.’ And I enjoyed the ample use of everyday scenarios and examples."

— Stephen Christman, University of Toledo

"The demonstrations are effective and can be done readily by the reader; some of them are ’thought experiments’ of a sort that are readily accessible even to those new to the field. The author also does a good job of relating the demonstrations to everyday, practical situations that will be meaningfully personally to the reader." "The presentation of subject matter is very effective, engaging and appropriately balanced between theory, research, and application. The author writes in a conversational tone that will maintain student interest. Theories are presented and evidence offered which either supports or refutes the ideas developed; there is an effort to present pros and cons and to show that some ideas remain subject to debate."

— William Collins, University of Michigan

"I feel the author did a great job using everyday examples to describe topics. There is a nice balance among the topics also. The reader doesn’t get bogged down in too much theory or data. Often I have noticed students get completely lost in data and minutia of experiments. This text does a nice job of explaining theories and presenting one or two experiments."

— Cheryl Anagnopoulos, Black Hills State University

"The connection between research and everyday life is one of the oft-neglected points of books, and this does better than most."

— Greg Simpson, University of Kansas

"The core theories were given fair treatment, and the evidence and everyday examples were extremely well-balanced. …Most importantly, the material built up nicely, rather than coming across as a disconnected set of theoretical approaches and findings. The connections across chapters further strengthened this feeling of connectedness."

— Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh

"The writing style overall is excellent. Ideas flow cleanly from one to another. The author does not weigh the reader down with excessive detail, but yet is able to go in depth about a number of important topics throughout each chapter (e.g., spending several pages on problem solving by analogy. The text covers a lot of ground but does not leave the reader with a sense of feeling overwhelmed in a sea of facts to memorize. Rather than confuse readers with wishy washy sections pitting opposing views against each other, the author presents current knowledge in a very straightforward, matter of fact manner. Attempts are made to use real-life examples, presumably enhancing student’s interest and getting them to see the relevance of the material. The clarity of the writing is a major strength as is the overall organization. Terms are generally clearly defined (a few exceptions noted below), and when bringing up past terms, the author nicely reminds the readers of the definition and context. Drawing attention to connections to past topics is a useful pedagogical tool."

— Linda Henkel, Fairfield University

"It’s written in a concise manner and presents the important information well. Unlike some other books that go on and on about experiment after experiment, and the student can easily lose the thread (and interest). I’d rather the students read less text and study that well, instead of having to read a lot of text and having to extract the important information in every paragraph, and I like that. The chapters are well-structured and should make it easy for the students to study."

— Ute Bayen, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

"The text uses real-world, practical illustrations that may prove to be more engaging with students."

— Williams Collins, University of Michigan


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Instructor Supplements

ExamView (Windows/Macintosh)  (ISBN-10: 0534577296 | ISBN-13: 9780534577292)

Create, deliver, and customize tests and study guides (both print and online) in minutes with this easy-to-use assessment and tutorial system. ExamView offers both a Quick Test Wizard and an Online Test Wizard that guide you step-by-step through the process of creating tests, while its "what you see is what you get" interface allows you to see the test you are creating on the screen exactly as it will print or display online. You can build tests of up to 250 questions using up to 12 question types. Using ExamView’s complete word processing capabilities, you can enter an unlimited number of new questions or edit existing questions.

Electronic Transparencies  (ISBN-10: 053457730X | ISBN-13: 9780534577308)

This CD-ROM contains more than 300 pieces of full-color art--perfect for use during classroom lectures. In addition, the "Concept Maps" are also included, so that they can be used for active review during class.

Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0534577288 | ISBN-13: 9780534577285)

With contributions from Bruce Goldstein in the test bank, this supplement contains chapter outlines, discussion questions, in-class demonstrations, and Web sites. The test bank has approximately 65 multiple-choice questions and 5 essay questions per chapter. Each chapter has a section dedicated to Coglab online, providing discussion questions, experiments, and activities.

Student Supplements

CogLab on a CD, 3rd  (ISBN-10: 0534640672 | ISBN-13: 9780534640675)

Do more than just think about cognition! Now available on CD-ROM or online, CogLab contains dozens of classic experiments designed to help students learn about cognitive concepts and how the mind works. Nothing is more powerful than letting your students see the effects of these experiments for themselves. CogLab gives both students and instructors the chance to participate as subjects in research experiments. Students can run the experiments, collect data, and save their data in one of three formats--a special CogLab format that allows them to view their data from within the program, an HTML format that allows them to print and save graphics and formatted text, and a text format that allows the data to be easily integrated into other programs. CogLab on CD-ROM gives students access to their own data, while CogLab online allows instructors to combine data across all of their students, to have class averages automatically calculated, and to make those averages available to students. Instructors who choose the CD-ROM version can download a program that will allow them to combine and calculate class averages. (For a complete list of differences between the online and CD-ROM versions, visit the CogLab Web site at http://coglab.wadsworth.com/.) CogLab is available online for use anywhere and anytime, or on CD-ROM for situations where Internet access is impractical. Correlations to CogLab are built into many of Wadsworth’s Cognitive Psychology texts. Either version can be bundled with any Wadsworth Psychology text for a minimal charge.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

E. Bruce Goldstein

BRUCE GOLDSTEIN is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He has received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh for his classroom teaching and textbook writing. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Brown University; he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biology Department at Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Bruce has published papers on a wide variety of topics, including retinal and cortical physiology, visual attention, and the perception of pictures. He is the author of SENSATION AND PERCEPTION, 9th Edition (Cengage, 2014), and the editor of the BLACKWELL HANDBOOK OF PERCEPTION (Blackwell, 2001) and the two-volume SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PERCEPTION (Sage, 2010).