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Cognitive Psychology



Cognitive Psychology

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"Cognitive psychology is the study of how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information."

(Robert J. Sternberg & Karin Sternberg)



Key Figures in The History of Cognitive Psychology



Ulric Neisser (Dec 8, 1928 - Feb 17, 2012)



Ulric Neisser


A profoundly influential figure in the field of cognitive psychology, Neisser's classic book on the subject 'Cognitive Psychology' was instrumental in establishing cognitive psychology as a major psychological discipline and bestowed on Neisser the title 'father of cognitive psychology.' 


First published in 1967, Neisser's landmark text located a range of research topics, such as perception, attention, pattern recognition, information processing, problem solving and remembering and explored them within a unified theoretical framework. In doing so, cognitive psychology was firmly established as a mainstream psychological discipline.


A passionate proponent of ecologically driven 'real world' cognitive psychology, in 1983 Neisser founded the internationally renowned Emory University Cognition Project which remains an important forum for theoretical and empirical investigations of major topics in the field.



George Armitage Miller (Feb 3, 1920 - Jul 22, 2012)



George A. Miller


Renowned for his pioneering work in the fields of cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience, Miller's classic study 'The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information' published in Psychological Review in 1956, ranks among the most frequently cited journal articles in the history of psychology.


In the course of a long and illustrious career, Miller received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in 1963, served as APA president in 1969, received the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychological Science in 1990 and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1991, the highest scientific honor conferred in the United States. See following link to read 'The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two' in full for free.


The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information





George A. Miller


Quality Cognitive Psychology Resources



Cognitive Daily Blog


Cognitive Daily is a top quality website featuring fascinating peer-reviewed developments in cognition from the most respected scientists in the field. The site is hosted and maintained by Greta and Dave Munger.


Greta Munger is Professor of Psychology at Davidson College. Her teaching subjects include General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Perception & Attention. Professer Munger's primary research interest is perception (how we organize and understand the world around us). Her work is regularly published in journals such as The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition and Visual Cognition. Dave Munger is a freelance writer and former editor whose works include What Every Student Should Know About Researching Online.


Although active posting on the blog ended in 2010, Cognitive daily remains a must visit and bookmark site for anybody wanting to discover more about cognitive psychology. All the research articles are arranged into appropriate categories for easy access. Namely:


  • Art
  • Attention
  • Color perception
  • Development & Aging
  • Emotion
  • Face perception
  • Film
  • Intentionality
  • Language
  • Learning & testing
  • Memory
  • Movement & exercise
  • Music
  • Perception
  • Reasoning
  • Social
  • Taste
  • Video Games & Technology

CLICK HERE to access the archive of this outstanding resource.





Advances in Cognitive Psychology


Advances in Cognitive Psychology (ACP) is an open access journal devoted to the scientific study of the human mind. The journal's broad focus encompasses the behavioral, cognitive, and brain sciences. ACP publishes empirical studies, theoretical papers, critical reviews, and reviewed abstracts of scientific meetings. 


CLICK HERE to access all the articles in this excellent free resource.



Essential Reading



Cognitive Psychology Book


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 latest 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.


See following link for full details.


Cognitive Psychology (7th Edition)




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