Cognitive Psychology provides student readers with essential help with all aspects of their first course in cognitive psychology, including advice on revising for exams, preparing and writing course assessment materials, and enhancing and progressing their knowledge and skills in line with course requirements in cognitive psychology.

Running Themes

Running Themes
Running themes

There will be a number of common themes that will run throughout this book – no matter what topic you are studying, these ‘running themes’ will recur and it is important that you bear these in mind, mention them when appropriate and think about how they make an impact on the topic you are studying:

  • Bottom-up processing: processes influenced by environmental stimuli.
  • Chunking: knowledge made up of smaller pieces of information.
  • Cognitive neuropsychology: normal human cognitions can be understood by looking at impaired functioning in brain damaged patients.
  • Cognitive neuroscience: techniques used to study brain functioning.
  • Ecological validity: the extent to which laboratory studies can be applied to the real world.
  • Experimental cognitive psychology: carries out experiments in the laboratory on normal people.
  • Gestalt psychology: based on the idea that ...
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