Cognitive Psychology: An Essay in Cognitive Science

Cognitive Psychology: An Essay in Cognitive Science

Cognitive Psychology: An Essay in Cognitive Science

Cognitive Psychology: An Essay in Cognitive Science

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This book is written for the curious and for practitioners and students of the cognitive sciences. It is intended to provide an overview of a burgeoning and imperialist section of psychology--self styled as cognitive psychology. It is not a textbook. Rather it aims to provide one practitioner's view of the structure, history, and main directions of cognitive psychology. As a result it does not cover all of psychology, and not even all of cognitive psychology. However, the major trends in the field are included. More than anything else it suffers from its timebound characteristic. Cognitive psychology, like all the cognitive sciences, is in a period of rapid change and--it is to be hoped-- improvement. Thus, this is a presentation of cognitive psychology circa 1984.

I intend to present the broad outlines of the directions of the new cognitive psychology. As such, the book will appear to be incomplete for the psychologist reader. The major lacunae are topics that are important but outside my areas of specialization or competence or outside what I consider to be the core of cognitive psychology. These topics include psycholinguistics, neuropsychology, perception, social cognition, cognitive development, and language comprehension. The topics that are stressed, such as mentalism, memory, consciousness, are what I consider to be the core of cognitive psychology. The . . .

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