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Cognitive Psychology

Second Edition

Edited by Nick Braisby and Angus Gellatly

March 2012

ISBN: 9780199236992

744 pages

In Stock

Price: £47.99

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



How do we recognise a friend in a crowded room? Or recall distant memories? Cognitive Psychology, Second Edition provides an insight into this illuminating subject, introducing a broad range of topics, from memory to neuropsychiatry. Written in a student-friendly style by subject experts, it is an essential text for undergraduate students.

  • A broad, engaging introduction to cognitive psychology, which encourages students to become actively involved in their learning.
  • Chapters from internationally recognised experts, carefully edited by experienced instructors to lead students through the subject in a coherent way.
  • Boxes throughout link the theory of cognitive psychology with aspects of everyday life, presenting material in contexts to which students can relate and understand, and link research findings with the techniques used to elucidate them, to develop the students' awareness and appreciation of scientific method.
  • Regular summaries within the chapters help students to consolidate their learning and ensure that they understand the key information.
  • The study of cognition is presented in the broader context of themes, challenges, and issues - not just theory - to enthuse the student more readily and encourage them to take a more critical approach to their subject.
  • The accompanying Online Resource Centre includes figures from the book available to download to facilitate lecture preparation, and interactive experiments to enable students to explore material covered in the book using problem-based learning.

New to this edition

  • New chapters on Neuroimaging, Cognitive Neuropsychology, and Neuropsychiatry introduce students to contemporary topics that have expanded enormously in the last five years
  • The content of many of the chapters has been expanded to give more depth, answering questions like 'what technique can help patients with brain damage recognise everyday objects?' and 'if we are hypnotised, what happens in our brain?'
  • The order of chapters has been changed to give the material a better narrative flow.
  • New eye-catching, full colour design.
  • Expanded Online Resource Centre includes new 'Journal Clubs' to encourage students to engage with the primary literature, and better understand how investigators explore the subject.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Nick Braisby, Head of Department of Psychology, University of Winchester, and Angus Gellatly, Professor of Psychology and Acting Head of Department, Oxford Brookes University

Nick Braisby first developed an interest in experimental and cognitive psychology during his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He then went on to study for a PhD in Cognitive Science at the Centre for Cognitive Science in Edinburgh. Following that, he took up a three year British Academy postdoctoral research fellowship, in the Department of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics. His first lecturing position was in the Department of Psychology at London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University), where he stayed for six years before moving to the Psychology Department at the Open University. In April 2007, he moved to take up a Chair and Head of Department position in the Psychology Department at the University of Winchester.

Angus Gellatly joined Oxford Brookes in October 2007 from the Open University where he had been since 2002, including three years as Head of Department. He had previously taught at Sussex University and Keele University, where he was Head of Department from 1992 to 2000. Along the way, he has also been a visiting researcher at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at MacQuarie University, Sydney; and he also had a spell working as a management consultant. At various times, he has been on the committees of the Experimental Psychology Society, the Cognitive Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and also the BPS's Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology. From 2000 to 2006, he was Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments.

Table of Contents

    1:Foundations of cognitive psychology, Nick Braisby and Angus Gellatly
    Part 1:Perceptual Processes
    2:Attention, Peter Naish
    3:Perception, Graham Pike, Graham Edgar, and Helen Edgar
    4:Recognition, Graham Pike and Nicola Brace
    Part 2:Concepts and Language
    5:Concepts, Nick Braisby
    6:Language Processing, Gareth Gaskell and Helen Brown
    7:Language In Action, Simon Garrod and Anthony J. Sanford
    Part 3:Memory
    8:Long Term Memory, Andrew Rutherford, Gerasimos Markopoulos, Davide Bruno and Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos
    9:Working Memory, Graham Hitch
    Part 4:Thinking
    10:Problem Solving, Alison Greene and Ken Gilhooly
    11:Judgement and Decision Making, Peter Ayton
    12:Reasoning, Mike Oaksford
    Part 5:Contributions from the Cognitive Neurosciences
    13:Cognitive Neuropsychology, Gianna Cocchini
    14:Neuroimaging, Ingrid Johnsrude and Olaf Hauk
    15:Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, David Okai, Anthony David and Angus Gellaty
    Part 6:Challenges, Themes, and Issues
    16:Cognition and Emotion, Jenny Yiend, Bundy Mackintosh, and George Savulich
    17:Autobiographical memory and the self, Chris Moulin, Clare Rathbone, Martin A. Conway, and Emily A. Holmes
    18:Consciousness, Jackie Andrade
    19:Cognitive modelling and cognitive architectures, Paul Mulholland and Stuart Watt
    20:Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Psychology, Martin Davies and Tony Stone


Review from previous edition 'Cognitive Psychology' provides an in depth introduction to all of the major subdisciplines within the field. The book takes a unique approach compared to other textbooks by explicitly incorporating discussions about overall themes within cognitive psychology and presenting the challenges and issues that remain in the field. This approach, along with chapters written by experts within each relevant subdiscipline, make Cognitive Psychology an ideal textbook for both new students of psychology and more advanced students. - Dr, Corey T. McMillan, University of Edinburgh

Comprehensive, well written and highly informative introductory text. An essential reader for undergraduate students. - Dr. Neil Dagnall, Manchester Metropolitan University

The explanations are amongst the best I have seen in an introductory textbook in Cognitive Psychology. - Mr Stephen Kilpatrick, University of Northampton

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