Cognitive Psychology Applied

Cognitive Psychology Applied

Cognitive Psychology Applied

Cognitive Psychology Applied

Synopsis

To present a timely analysis applying the rich resources of the current cognitive revolution, the contributors to this volume emphasize symbiotic interactions between theoretical/laboratory and applied/real-life approaches. A direct result of a symposium on general experimental psychology held during the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in Kyoto, this volume includes papers focusing on topics in cognitive psychology that can be applied to school, business/industry, and daily life. The 20 contributors to ICAP represent not only a uniformly high level of excellence, but also a unique collection of talent from five nations: Canada, England, France, Japan, and the United States. This combined intelligence offers critical analyses of cognitive approaches to enhancing work efficiency, educating the labor force, coping with anxiety, improving mental hygiene, understanding the aging population, and exploring aesthetics in music.

Excerpt

This scholarly account of applied cognitive psychology has its origins in an Applied Cognitive Psychology Symposium held in Kyoto in 1990 as part of the program of the International Congress of Applied Psychology. It should prove encouraging to those readers who have thought of cognitive psychology as too limited in its techniques to serve applied purposes. This is far more than a collection of the papers read at the Congress. The papers as presented are, of course, indexed in the Kyoto Proceedings (Izawa, 1992). In the form presented for publication they would have been far too complex to be understood orally, but the participants knew in advance that their extended papers would eventually be published in book form, according to an agreement reached at the International Congress of Psychology held in Sydney, Australia, in 1988, when Professor Izawa was asked to organize the symposium. The symposium with its roots in general psychology was an unusual inclusion in the program of one of the Applied Psychology Congresses. It was conceived, however, on the premise that good basic research, while it is independent of any need to be directly applied, ought to contribute insights useful in real life settings. That these insights have resulted is evidenced in these chapters.

There is no point in burdening this Foreword with an abstract of the 11 chapters, but their thrust necessitates some references to their contents. I therefore wish to point out some features that make the book inviting to the scholarly reader who may be led to study it, for the chapters have to be studied rather than read hastily. Two features stand out: the credentials of those who prepared the chapters and the timeliness of the topics covered. Originating as they did in an international congress, talent is drawn from wide sources, including Canada, England, France, and Japan, as well as the United States.

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