The Handbook of Cognition provides a definitive synthesis of the most up-to-date and advanced work in cognitive psychology in a single volume. The editors have gathered together a team of world-leading researchers in specialist areas of the field, both traditional and `hot' new areas, to present a benchmark - in terms of theoretical insight and advances in methodology - of the discipline. This book contains a thorough overview of the most significant and current research in cognitive psychology that will serve this academic community like no other volume.

NickChater, EvanHeit, MikeOaksford

The cognitive science perspective on the mind views thought as information processing. More specifically, this information processing is not merely arbitrary computation; it typically involves deriving new information from existing information. For example, visual perceptual analysis and categorization are viewed as taking low-level information about the pattern of light incident at the retina, and creating a representation of information about objects in the environment, their movements, interrelationships and causal powers. Speech production involves mapping from representations of an intention (the message to be conveyed), to a detailed set of information providing instructions to the tongue, lips and voice box. To take a final example, problem solving involves taking the information given in a problem, and mapping on to a representation of the ...

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