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Cognition in the Real World

Alastair D. Smith

February 2023

ISBN: 9780198790914

552 pages
Paperback
265x195mm

Price: £44.99

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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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.

  • A refreshing and original approach to cognition, which focuses on everyday behaviours and their real-world contexts, such as drawing a picture, remembering personal events, or medical decision making.
  • Cognitive psychology is broken down into behaviours, rather than component functions, allowing students to see how different functions work together-for example, when we use place learning and reorientation to navigate around new cities.
  • Places cognitive psychology within the broader context of psychological science, incorporating essential findings from areas such as developmental psychology and neuroscience.

About the Author(s)

Alastair D. Smith, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Plymouth

Dr Alastair D. Smith is an Associate Professor (Reader) in the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth. He received a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, and a PhD from the University of Bristol, where he then worked as a Research Fellow. He took up a lectureship at the University of Nottingham in 2008, and moved to his current role in 2017. Dr Smith runs the Spatial Behaviour Laboratory at Plymouth and is also a Lab Head in the Brain Research and Imaging Centre (BRIC). His work focuses on the cognitive and neural foundations of human spatial abilities and he has published research on typical and atypical function using a variety of empirical methods.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction, Alastair D. Smith
    Part 1: Attention and Perception
    2:Attention and Perception: Introduction, Alastair D. Smith
    3:Eye movements and search, Tom Foulsham
    4:Attention and driving, Harriet Allen
    5:Face recognition, Markus Bindemann
    6:Cultural differences in cognition, Elizabeth Sheppard
    7:Attention and Perception: Summary, Alastair D. Smith
    Part 2: Movement and Action
    8:Movement and Action: Introduction, Alastair D. Smith
    9:Production of drawings, Alastair D. Smith
    10:Understanding action, Lauren Marsh
    11:Navigation, Alastair D. Smith
    12:Movement and Action: Summary, Alastair D. Smith
    Part 3: Memory and Emotion
    13:Memory and Emotion: Introduction, Alastair D. Smith
    14:Memory for emotional experiences, Kate Bailey and Peter Chapman
    15:Déjà vu and the self, Chris Moulin
    16:Cognition of music, Catherine Loveday
    17:Memory and Emotion: Summary, Alastair D. Smith
    Part 4: Speech and Language
    18:Language and Reasoning: Introduction, Alastair D. Smith
    19:Understanding everyday speech, Anne Cutler, Janise Farrell, and Laurence Bruggeman
    20:Irony and sarcasm in language, Ruth Filik
    21:Cognitive implications of bilingualism, Walter van Heuven
    22:Language and Reasoning: Summary, Alastair D. Smith
    Part 5: Learning and Decision-Making
    23:Learning and Decision-Making: Introduction, Alastair D. Smith
    24:Associative learning and personality, Mark Haselgrove and Nicola Byrom
    25:Making choices for others, Fenja Ziegler
    26:Psychology and the stock market, Richard Tunney
    27:Learning and Decision-Making: Summary, Alastair D. Smith
    28:Code, Vicki Bruce

Reviews

"This is the book I wish I'd had as an undergraduate." - Roger Newport, Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University

"A most accessible, student friendly cognitive psychology text book; one of the best I have yet come across." - Richard Stephens, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Keele University

"The approach is excellent and innovative and the focus on cognitive processes underpinning real-world problems would make the subject more popular among students. " - Carlo De Lillo, Associate Professor, University of Leicester

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