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Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience 4th Edition

E. Bruce Goldstein

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011, 2008, 2005
  • 496 Pages


Connecting the study of cognition to everyday life in an unprecedented way, E. Bruce Goldstein's COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: CONNECTING MIND, RESEARCH, AND EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE gives equal treatment to both the landmark studies and the cutting-edge research that define this fascinating field. A wealth of concrete examples and illustrations help students understand the theories of cognition-driving home both the scientific importance of the theories and their relevance to students' daily lives. Goldstein's accessible narrative style blends with an art program that makes difficult concepts understandable. Students gain a true understanding of the “behind the scenes” activity that happens in the mind when humans do such seemingly simple activities as perceive, remember, or think. Goldstein also focuses on the behavioral and physiological approaches to cognition by including physiological materials in every chapter. As is typical of his work, this fourth edition is a major revision that reflects the most current aspects of the field. To help reinforce concepts, the text can be packaged with COGLAB 5: THE ONLINE COGNITION LAB, which gives both students and instructors the chance to participate as subjects in research experiments.

E. Bruce Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh and University of Arizona

E. BRUCE GOLDSTEIN is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He 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 Ph.D. 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. Dr. Goldstein 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, 10th Edition (Cengage, 2017), and the editor of the BLACKWELL HANDBOOK OF PERCEPTION (Blackwell, 2001) and the two-volume SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PERCEPTION (Sage, 2010).
  • The fourth edition reflects the latest advances in research, with an emphasis on neuropsychology, neuroimaging, and advances in cognitive theory. New topics include semanticization of remote memories, the role of visual imagery on food craving, “choking” under pressure, survival value as a determinant of encoding, the multiple trace hypothesis, consolidation and sleep, distractions while driving (texting and the Internet), and how pictures can create false memories.
  • All chapters have been rewritten with an eye towards making difficult concepts more accessible, in part based on feedback from the author's own students.
  • Many changes have been made in organization and explanation. For example, Chapters 3 and 4 (on perception and attention, respectively) have been completely reorganized. Schiffrin and Schneider's attention experiments in Chapter 4 and the discussion of connectionism in Chapter 9 have been simplified in response to student feedback.
  • Many of the chapter-opening vignettes have been rewritten to even more effectively capture student interest. Similarly, a number of the end-of-chapter “Something To Consider” sections, which describe interesting or cutting-edge research, have been updated or replaced by new topics to maximize student engagement. New topics include “'Taking Possession' by the Brain” (Chapter 4), “Effective Studying” (Chapter 7), “The Power of Pictures” (Chapter 8), and “Imagery and Food Craving” (Chapter 10).
  • Goldstein presents a balance of cutting-edge research and classic studies. To keep the book both compelling and scholarly, he carefully selects research that best illustrates his point and then conveys it in a student-friendly style.
  • An emphasis on real-life examples makes cognition come to life for students. For example, looking up a phone number to order pizza illustrates the modal model of memory in Chapter 5, “Short-Term and Working Memory.”
  • “Demonstrations” features offer students illustrative exercises that show them exactly how cognition works.
  • “Test Yourself” questions, which appear in the middle and at the end of each chapter, are designed to get students to recall and review the information they have just read.
  • “Think About It” features at the end of each chapter use questions and doable projects to take students beyond the text material. For example, Chapter 6 instructs students to rent movies (e.g., Memento, 50 First Dates) that depict memory loss, and search the Internet for films in addition to those listed in the book. Students are asked to describe how memory loss is depicted in the movies, compare the problems with the cases of memory loss described in the chapter, conduct additional research if necessary, and determine the accuracy of the movies' depictions.
1. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology.
2. Cognitive Neuroscience.
3. Perception.
4. Attention.
5. Short-Term and Working Memory.
6. Long-Term Memory: Structure.
7. Long-Term Memory: Encoding and Retrieval.
8. Everyday Memory and Memory Errors.
9. Knowledge.
10. Visual Imagery.
11. Language.
12. Problem Solving.
13. Judgment, Decisions, and Reasoning.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781305464063
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781285767864
The Instructor’s Manual (IM) contains a variety of resources to aid instructors in preparing and presenting text material in a manner that meets their personal preferences and course needs. It presents chapter-by-chapter suggestions and resources to enhance and facilitate learning. The Test Bank contains multiple choice and essay questions to challenge your students and assess their learning.

Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781285859095
Online PowerPoint® Slides for Goldstein's COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: CONNECTING MIND, RESEARCH, AND EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE, 4th Edition INSTRUCTOR DESCRIPTION: These vibrant Microsoft PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture, by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285978925
The Test Bank is also available through Cognero, a flexible, online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content as well as create multiple test versions in an instant. You can deliver tests from your school's learning management system, your classroom, or wherever you want.

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285770031
Available with the text, Cengage Learning's Psychology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more-as well as Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course.


CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285770031
Cengage Learning's Psychology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your Psychology CourseMate. Go to