Technology is developing rapidly. It is an essential part of how we live our daily lives–in a mental and physical sense, and in professional and personal environments. Cybercognition explores the ideas of technology addiction, brain training, and much more. This text provides readers with a guide to understanding concepts related to the online world. It answers important questions: • What is the impact of digital technology on our learning, memory, attention, problem-solving, and decision making? • If we continue to use digital technology on a large scale, can it change the way we think? • Can human cognition keep up with technology? Suitable for students on Cyberpsychology and Cognitive Psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an inquiring mind.

The Human Information Processor

The Human Information Processor

Learning Aims and Objectives

In this chapter you will:

  • gain a basic understanding of the key concepts that drive the exploration of human cognition;
  • explore the information-processing framework in the context of cognitive psychology;
  • understand the machine–mind metaphor and its implications for understanding the way in which we think.


The aim of this chapter is to provide an introduction to the key concepts that govern our understanding of human cognition. The material here should be viewed as a basic reference point from which to start to explore the fundamentals of this massive area. These will in turn be discussed in more depth during the coming chapters alongside an exploration of recent research that has investigated how these processes are being used, or ...

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