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Cognitive Psychology 7th Edition

Robert J. Sternberg, Karin Sternberg

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012


Now in full color to better engage students and facilitate their grasp of the material, COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, Seventh 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. In this edition, content on human intelligence is consolidated in a new final chapter. 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.

Robert J. Sternberg, Cornell University

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.

Karin Sternberg, Sternberg Consulting

Karin Sternberg is Research Associate in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University. Previously, she was a Research Associate at Harvard University. She has held an NIH grant to help elderly people better use their cognitive resources. Dr. Sternberg received her Ph.D. in psychology from Heidelberg University in Germany summa cum laude, and her bachelor's degree from Heidelberg as well. She has an MBA with a specialization in banking from the University of Cooperative Education in Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • The content on human intelligence, formerly integrated throughout the book, is now consolidated and presented as Chapter 13. Instructors who want to cover intelligence will find all the relevant material conveniently located in this new chapter.
  • The book is now printed in full color to better engage students as well as to facilitate their understanding of the material, especially material that is presented in figures.
  • New and thoroughly revised figures and photos more effectively clarify the narrative, helping to promote students' comprehension.
  • "In the Lab of . . ." 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 Doug Medin, who describes his studies on how culture can affect cognition (Chapter 7); and Ian Deary, well known for his studies on the role of genes in maintaining intelligence as we age, and on the relationship of intelligence to health outcomes (Chapter 13).
  • "In the Lab of . . ." sections -- one per chapter -- feature leading cognitive psychologists who describe their research in their own words.
  • Learning aids include "Investigating Cognitive Psychology" features, which present a quick chapter-related mini-experiment or task that promotes students' understanding through their active involvement; "Practical Applications of Cognitive Psychology" features that describe how chapter content applies to the real world; and "Believe It or Not" boxes in every chapter, which make cognitive psychology more fascinating and less intimidating by showing how the subject can be fun.
  • A "Neuroscience and . . . " section in each chapter highlights the presentation of neuroscientific material.
  • "Concept Checks" after every section help students gauge their knowledge and mastery of the content.
  • Each chapter concludes with "Key Themes" and a comprehensive summary organized as answers to learning objective-based questions from the chapter opener. Also, each chapter ends with "Thinking about Thinking," questions, key terms, and references to specific CogLab experiments.
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. Mental Images 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.
13. Human Intelligence.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781337261777
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"An in-depth look at Cognitive Psychology background, principles, and applications."

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"This book has an excellent organization/integration of traditional topics with a writing style and chapter format that will draw your students into the material, e.g., (a) the "Believe it or Not" opening of each chapter, (b) demos/exercises, and (c) the "in the Lab of . . ." boxes."