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Cognition in the Real World


Alastair D. Smith

February 2023

Cognition in the Real World offers a fresh take on cognitive psychology by focusing on everyday behaviours to place our understanding of the mind in a real-world context. Instead of looking at functions in isolation, it explores how different cognitive processes work together when we perform common activities.

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Language and the Brain: A Slim Guide to Neurolinguistics


Jonathan R. Brennan

May 2022

This book introduces readers to the state-of-the-art neuroscientific research that is revolutionizing our understanding of language. Written in an accessible, conversational style, it focuses on specific aspects of how the brain allows us to use language while also exploring broader themes.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Very Short Introduction


Freda McManus

April 2022

Very Short Introductions

CBT is a form of psychological therapy with a range of approaches that share a common underpinning model of the importance of cognition and behaviour in alleviating psychological distress. This book gives an overview of what CBT is, what it does, when it can be used, and the ways in which the field can adapt to meet future challenges.

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Enriched Meanings: Natural Language Semantics with Category Theory


Ash Asudeh, Gianluca Giorgolo

September 2020

Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics

This book develops a theory of enriched meanings for natural language interpretation that uses the concept of monads and related ideas from category theory. The volume is interdisciplinary in nature, and will appeal to graduate students and researchers from a range of disciplines interested in natural language understanding and representation.

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What the Face Reveals: Basic and Applied Studies of Spontaneous Expression Using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS)

Third Edition


Erika L. Rosenberg, Paul Ekman

September 2020

Series in Affective Science

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Principles of Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives


Matt Jarvis, Paul Okami

January 2020

Accessible, encouraging, innovative: Principles of Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives encourages critical thinking and provides the most student-friendly introduction to the science of psychology.

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Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

Second Edition


Julie Sedivy

February 2019

Provides a broad, introductory survey to psycholinguistics that will remain relevant to students whether they continue in the field or not. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.

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Perception: A Very Short Introduction


Brian Rogers

October 2017

Very Short Introductions

Brian J. Rogers analyses the psychological and philosophical aspects of perception, and argues that what we see is not what we perceive. He investigates recent insights gained from the use of imaging techniques, and the attempts to model perceptual processes in AI systems.

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The Mind's Machine: Foundations of Brain and Behavior

Second Edition


Neil V. Watson, S. Marc Breedlove

October 2017

Engages students from a diverse range of disciplines in the core concepts of behavioral neuroscience

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Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction


Jonathan St B. T. Evans

September 2017

Very Short Introductions

Thinking is the essence of what it means to be human and defines us more than anything else as a species. Jonathan Evans explores cognitive psychological approaches to understanding the nature of thinking and reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.

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Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Susan Blackmore

September 2017

Very Short Introductions

Some of our most burning questions surround consciousness: What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Is consciousness itself an illusion? The rapid rate of developments in brain science continues to open up debate on these issues. This book clarifies the complex arguments and illuminates the major theories on consciousness.

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Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans: How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds


Barbara J. Sahakian, Julia Gottwald

January 2017

The potential of fMRI is extraordinary. It allows us to observe brain activity in real time, build an understanding of thoughts and motivations, and discern unconscious biases. In a limited but real way we can now 'read minds'. Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald explain the science, and consider the ethical implications of using these techniques.

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Brainwashing: The science of thought control


Kathleen Taylor

December 2016

Bringing together cutting-edge research from psychology and neuroscience, Kathleen Taylor puts the brain back into brainwashing and shows why understanding this mysterious phenomenon is vitally relevant in the twenty-first century.

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Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction


Richard Passingham

September 2016

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction describes the new field of cognitive neuroscience - the study of what happens in the brain when we perceive, think, reason, remember, and act. Focusing on the human brain, Passingham looks at the most recent research in the field, the modern brain imaging technologies, and what the images can and can't tell us.

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Learning: A Very Short Introduction


Mark Haselgrove

July 2016

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction looks at the nature of learning and how it takes place. From the early experiments of Pavlov, Thorndike, and others to the most recent studies in social learning, Haselgrove discusses learning in both humans and other animals.

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The Multiple Realization Book


Thomas W. Polger, Lawrence A. Shapiro

July 2016

Thomas W. Polger and Lawrence A. Shapiro offer the first full investigation of multiple realization—the idea that minds can be realized in ways other than the human brain. They cast doubt on the hypothesis and offer an alternative framework for understanding explanations in the cognitive sciences, and in chemistry, biology, and related fields.

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Learning and Behavior: A Contemporary Synthesis

Second Edition


Mark E. Bouton

March 2016

Demonstrates how the study of animal learning has a central place in psychology. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.

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Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience

Second Edition


Dale Purves, Kevin S. LaBar, Michael L. Platt, Marty Woldorff, Roberto Cabeza, Scott A. Huettel

November 2012

Addresses the latest developments in the field, including expanded coverage of genetics, evolution, and neural development. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.

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Cognitive Psychology

Second Edition


Nick Braisby, Angus Gellatly

March 2012

A broad, engaging introduction to cognitive psychology, which encourages students to become actively involved in their learning.

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Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception

Revised Edition


Robert Snowden, Peter Thompson, Tom Troscianko

February 2012

Written by three authors with over 80 years of research and undergraduate teaching experience between them, this book leads you through the intricacies of visual processing, in an engaging conversational style.

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