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Cognitive Psychology



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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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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

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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

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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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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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Face Processing: Psychological, Neuropsychological, and Applied Perspectives


Graham Hole, Victoria Bourne

June 2010

Draws on a wealth of studies and research, and a unique combination of psychological, neuropsychological and applied perspectives, to give a balanced introduction to the field.

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Memory: A Very Short Introduction


Jonathan K. Foster

November 2008

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction brings together the latest research in neuroscience and psychology - weaving in case-studies, anecdotes, literature, and philosophy - to explore and explain the science of memory - how it works, and why we can't live without it.

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