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Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology
Revisiting the Classic Studies

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April 2015 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Revisiting the Classic Studies is a series of texts that introduces readers to the studies in psychology that changed the way we think about core topics in the discipline today.  It provokes students to ask more interesting and challenging questions about the field by encouraging a deeper level of engagement both with the details of the studies themselves and with the nature of their contribution. Edited by leading scholars in their field and written by researchers at the cutting edge of these developments, the chapters in each text provide details of the original works and their theoretical and empirical impact, and then discuss the ways in which thinking and research has advanced in the years since the studies were conducted. 

Cognitive Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies traces 14 ground-breaking studies by researchers such as Chomsky, Tulving and Stroop to re-examine and reflect on their findings and engage in a lively discussion of the subsequent work that they have inspired.    

Suitable for students on cognitive psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an enquiring mind. 

Michael Eysenck and David Groome
Chapter 1: An introduction to classic studies in cognitive psychology
Michael Eysenck
Chapter 2: Attention: Beyond Cherry’s (1953) cocktail party problem
Vicki Bruce & Yoav Tadmor
Chapter 3: Perception: Beyond Gibson’s (1950) direct perception
George Mather
Chapter 4: Computational approaches to perception: Beyond Marr’s (1982) computational approach to vision
Glyn Humphreys
Chapter 5: Perception and action: Beyond Goodale and Milner’s (1992) separate visual pathways
Colin MacLeod
Chapter 6: Attention: Beyond Stroop’s (1935) colour–word interference phenomenon
Howard Eichenbaum
Chapter 7: Amnesia: Beyond Scoville and Milner’s (1957) research on HM
Robert Logie
Chapter 8: Working memory: Beyond Baddeley and Hitch’s (1974) Working Memory
Michael Eysenck & David Groome
Chapter 9: Memory systems: Beyond Tulving’s (1972) episodic and semantic memory
James Nairne
Chapter 10: Encoding and retrieval: Beyond Tulving and Thomson’s (1973) encoding specificity principle
Fernand Gobet & Peter Lane
Chapter 11: Human problem solving: Beyond Newell, Shaw, & Simon’s (1958) theory of human problem solving
Klaus Fiedler & Momme von Sydow
Chapter 12: Heuristics and biases: Beyond Tversky and Kahneman’s (1974) Judgment under uncertainty
Ben Newell
Chapter 13: Decision making under risk: Beyond Kahneman and Tversky’s (1979) prospect theory
Trevor Harley and Siobhan MacAndrew
Chapter 14: Language: Beyond Chomsky’s (1957) syntactic structures
Max Coltheart
Chapter 15: Cognitive neuropsychology of language: Beyond Marshall and Newcombe’s (1973) patterns of paralexia

Professors complain that all cognitive psychology textbooks are the same. They can no longer do that. Cognitive Classics is a textbook with a distinct difference. The editors have chosen classic articles on key issues and recruited leaders in the field to write about the study and to provide an essay on the topic illuminated by that study. The result is a book that will educate students (and their teachers) by providing an historical introduction to the field and illuminating the topic under discussion with contemporary research, too.

Henry L. Roediger, III, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor
Washington University in St. Louis

In this original book, leading figures in cognitive psychology write about the impact of a selection of classic studies of the field. It is scholarly and provides the scientific background and impact of the studies, as well as a critique of each.


Tim Brennen
University of Oslo

This book is highly engaging, informative and insightful. It contains the top experts in the field with the most up-to-date research, which is accessible and clearly constructed. The authors have managed to present a refreshing argument to the classic perspectives in cognitive psychology, whilst also generating fascinating discussions. A highly valuable resource for all students studying this area.

Ilham Sebah, student
Greenwich University

You don’t normally expect a textbook to make you laugh out loud, but the author profiles in this one did. The quirkiness of an author’s self-description sets the tone for this book; this is not a dry and dusty textbook, but a dynamic and animated discussion of how key works continue to shape the field of cognitive psychology...The various authors’ passion for both their subject and their research really jumps off the page, grabbing the reader and bringing them along for the ride. Considering some of these studies are over 50 years old, making them seem so relevant and engaging shows why the studies included are classics. The main brief of the book is to ground these studies in the context of what was happening in psychology at the time and why these works were so groundbreaking...While this book will appeal to those already in the field, sufficient information is provided to give a good overview of each of the studies, enough to bring the casual reader up to speed, or provide further discussion than standard textbooks for those studying psychology.

Louise Beaton
Open University psychology graduate for "The Psychologist"

It is easy to read. Enjoyable book.

Ms Didem Carr
Education, Southend Adult Community College
June 7, 2017

A very useful and thought provoking supplement to the general theories of cognitive psychology.

Mr Neil Robdale
Health, Social Care, Sport & Ex. Sci, Glyndwr University
November 24, 2015

The book is an excellent choice for upper undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive psychology. Coverage is comprehensive and chapters are very well written. The idea of basing on classical studies is a great pedagogical solution, as chapters can be paired with the classical study (or a selection) itself as well as with a recent research paper, so the students receive the necessary context and background for understanding how and why particular studies are done and what research questions are addressed.

Dr Nikita A. Kharlamov
Communication & Psychology Department, Aalborg University
November 8, 2015

An interesting read and useful for degree courses where a knowledge of the classical studies is useful

Ms Lorna Harris
Hillsborough College, Sheffield College
April 13, 2016

It is a very good introduction to the classic studies of cognitive psychology and their continuing contribution to the present research. I appreciate the clear and comprehensible writing style, thus perfect for students.

Dr Jonathan Barenberg
Accounting , Institute of Psychology in Education
November 20, 2015

The book combines classical paradigms of cognitive psychology and current research questions and results. It is well written and suitable for self study.

Dr Katrin Bittrich
Psychology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
November 19, 2015

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