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Cognitive Psychology For Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Cognitive Psychology 5 Chapter 1: Understanding Cognition: How You Think, See, Speak and Are! 7 Chapter 2: Studying Cognitive Psychology Means Studying the Everyday 19 Chapter 3: Improving Academic Performance with Cognitive Psychology 27 Part II: Attending to the Subtleties of Perception 41 Chapter 4: Perceiving the World around You 43 Chapter 5: Seeing How People See Depth and Colour 63 Chapter 6: Recognising Objects and People 81 Chapter 7: Atten?hut! Paying Attention to Attention 99 Par t III: Minding Your Memory 115 Chapter 8: Where Did I Put My Keys? Short?Term Memory 117 Chapter 9: You Don't Remember Our Wedding Day? Long?Term Memory 135 Chapter 10: Knowing about Knowledge 153 Chapter 11: Discovering Why You Forget Things 167 Chapter 12: Memorising in the Real World 179 Par t IV: Communicating What Your Brain Thinks about Language 191 Chapter 13: Communicating the Extraordinary Nature of Language 193 Chapter 14: Studying the Structure of Language 211 Chapter 15: Talking about Language Perception and Production 225 Chapter 16: Discovering the Links between Language and Thought 239 Part V: Thinking Your Way around Thought 253 Chapter 17: Uncovering How People Solve Problems 255 Chapter 18: Thinking Logically about Reasoning 267 Chapter 19: Making Up Your Mind: Decision-Making 281 Chapter 20: Thinking Clearly about the Role of Emotions 293 Par t VI: The Part of Tens 311 Chapter 21: Studying Patients with Brain Damage 313 Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Writing Successful Research Reports 321 Chapter 23: Busting Ten Cognitive Psychology Myths 329 Index 335

About the Author

Dr Peter J. Hills, PhD, is a principal lecturer and Head of Education in psychology at Bournemouth University. Dr J Michael Pake is a senior lecturer in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University.

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