Summary: Instead of focusing on empirical data, Cognition focuses on the theories that underlie cognitive phenomena. The text features lucid authorship, accurate coverage, a minimum of jargon, a balance of classic and contemporary research, and a variety of concrete examples from real life and experiments. At the same time, a logical organization and thoughtful transitions help students see the interrelated nature of the topics and themes that comprise this evolving fi...show moreeld. Where helpful, cognitive neuroscience coverage is included in discussion of debates about normal processes, interruptions of cognitive function, and other areas. Each chapter concludes with critical thinking questions and a reference to COGLAB (an interactive, online laboratory where students can run demonstrations, as well as collect and analyze data).
NEW! Reed covers cognitive neuroscience when it's helpful in resolving or informing debates about functions, be it underlying normal processes or interruptions of function. For example, new coverage in the "Use of Cognitive Neuroscience" (in Chapter 3) discusses the use of brain imaging techniques for early detection of Alzheimer's.
CogLab demonstrations appear at the end of each chapter, along with a study question that links to the experiments--making it easy to assign homework that can be discussed in class.
"In the News" feature boxes provides real examples that show how cognitive principles are applied in everyday life .
Coverage of cognitive neuroscience focuses on how localization of cognitive processes (i.e., "where" something happens in the brain) helps students understand the function.
Discussions include late-breaking information on the relationship between cognitive psychology and related fields--including neuropsychology, neural network models, automatic encoding, working memory models, and very long-term retention.
NEW! The text includes many new and updated real world examples. For example, Reed talks about the use of cell phones while driving (in Chapter 3), and uses the example of the modular car to illustrate how the Genoplore model can be applied to understanding the human mind (in Chapter 13).
NEW! In this edition, new high interest topics include: the decision making process (illustrated by a discussion of decision making by juries in Chapter 14), added material on psychology's influence in establishing national guidelines for eyewitness testimony (in Chapter 5), and the World Trade Center attack (in the section on Fading Memories.) In addition, a new section covers Baddeley's revised working memory model, which allows for integration of verbal and visual information (in Chapter 4).
NEW! Chapter 10, "Language," has been extensively revised to include Steven Pinker's organization.
NEW! Reed has further refined and developed transitions that show the links between and among chapters, making chapter topics more interesting and cohesive for students.
NEW! Updated "Psychology in the News" extracts represent cognitive psychology as used and reported in the media of the 90's and 2000's.
NEW! Coglab demonstrations appear at the end of each appropriate chapter. The instructor's manual for Reed includes an instructor's manual portion for Coglab that contains answers to the questions found in the student manual as well as test questions. See CogLab description in the supplements section for more details.
NEW! The text is complemented by a new 2-color design to make graphs and graphics more visually appealing for students.
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