Higher Education

Cognitive Psychology, 6th Edition

  • Robert J. Sternberg Cornell University
  • ISBN-10: 1133313914  |  ISBN-13: 9781133313915
  • 640 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $221.75
  • Newer Edition Available



COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, Sixth Edition balances accessible writing, practical applications, and research scholarship while interweaving biology throughout the text. Utilizing the theme that human cognition has evolved over time as a means of adapting to our environment, the authors explore the basics of cognitive psychology by covering cognitive neuroscience, attention and consciousness, perception, memory, knowledge representation, language, problem solving and creativity, decision making and reasoning, cognitive development, and intelligence. The authors provide the most comprehensive coverage of any cognitive psychology text available, using a "from lab to life" approach that aptly discusses theory as well as lab and field research while continually highlighting the applications to everyday life.

Features and Benefits

  • "In the Lab of . . ." sections--one per chapter--feature leading cognitive psychologists who describe their research in their own words.
  • "Investigating Cognitive Psychology" features present a quick chapter-related mini-experiment or task for the reader.
  • "Practical Applications of Cognitive Psychology" feature descriptions of how chapter content applies to the real world.
  • Each chapter concludes with "Key Themes" and a comprehensive summary organized as answers to learning objectives questions from the chapter opener. Also, each chapter ends with "Thinking about Thinking," questions, key terms, and references to specific CogLab experiments.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology.
2. Cognitive Neuroscience.
3. Visual Perception.
4. Attention and Consciousness.
5. Memory: Models and Research Methods.
6. Memory Processes.
7. The Landscape of Memory: Mental Images, Maps, and Propositions.
8. The Organization of Knowledge in the Mind.
9. Language.
10. Language in Context.
11. Problem Solving and Creativity.
12. Decision Making and Reasoning.

What's New

  • New "Believe it or Not" boxes in every chapter make cognitive psychology more fascinating and less intimidating to students by showing how the subject can be fun.
  • "Concept Checks" have been added after every section to help students gauge their knowledge and mastery of the content.
  • Many chapters have been restructured to increase students' understanding of the content and better highlight the broader context of the chapter discussion.
  • Many "In the Lab . . ." features have been updated with new material on current researchers to provide students with up-to-date experiences of active research. Psychologists featured for the first time in this edition include Henry Roediger, III (Chapter 1); Martha Farah (Chapter 2); Marvin Chun (Chapter 3); and Keith Rayner (Chapter 10).
  • A new section in each chapter--"Neuroscience and …"--highlights the presentation of neuroscientific material.
  • A new section in each chapter--"Intelligence and …"--integrates the theme of intelligence with the chapter topic under discussion.
  • Intelligence coverage, formerly covered in Chapter 13, is now clearly integrated throughout the text. The text's new organization and discussions of this topic now focus on cognitive (vs. non-cognitive, e.g. psychometric) material.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert J. Sternberg

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development and a member of the Graduate Field in Psychology at Cornell University. Formerly, he was IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, where he also was director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise. Dr. Sternberg received his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. He also holds 13 honorary doctorates. He has received numerous awards, including the James McKeen Cattell Award from the American Psychological Society; the Early Career and McCandless Awards from the APA; and the Outstanding Book, Research Review, Sylvia Scribner, and Palmer O. Johnson Awards from the AERA. Dr. Sternberg has served as President of the American Psychological Association and of the Eastern Psychological Association and is currently Immediate Past-President of the Federation of Associations of Brain and Behavioral Sciences. In addition, he is Editor of "Perspectives on Psychological Science" and has been editor of the "Psychological Bulletin" and of the "APA Review of Books: Contemporary Psychology." He is a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the National Academy of Education, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association.