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Marvin Chun and Steven Most

Publication Date - 09 November 2021

ISBN: 9780199950638

432 pages
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Chun and Most's Cognition brings new, modern vitality to course materials by presenting exciting findings from cognitive psychology in a way that students can easily grasp. Highlighting everyday-life applications, Cognition motivates students to share in the excitement of cognitive psychology through highly relevant examples, discussions, and demonstrations. Its engaging prose and pedagogical features, such as "Think for Yourself" and "See for Yourself," immerse students in the process of scientific discovery.

This comprehensive text presents both classic and contemporary research, emphasizing conceptual understanding and lifelong discovery. In addition, the authors integrate exciting new topic areas such as emotion and highlight essential connections to social, clinical, and developmental psychology. A robust multimedia package extends discovery through high-quality demonstrations (Discovery Labs), videos, and quizzing tools to help students succeed. Cognition and its accompanying resources, including the test bank, can be integrated directly into instructors' learning management systems to save time and simplify access.


  • Discovery Labs offer a wide variety of interactive experiments, exercises, and animations designed to help students understand important concepts and principles.
  • See for Yourself demonstrations describe an activity or mental trick students can easily do themselves to see cognition in action.
  • Think for Yourself boxes provide an in-depth look at interesting subjects relevant to the chapter content.
  • Research Focus boxes highlight cutting-edge research studies, explaining methodology and results.
  • Checkpoint questions at the end of each major section help students test their understanding as they progress through a chapter.

About the Author(s)

Marvin M. Chun is the Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology at Yale University, with secondary appointments in the Cognitive Science Program and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience. He received his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral training at Harvard University. Professor Chun leads a cognitive neuroscience laboratory that uses functional brain imaging and machine learning to decode and predict how people see, attend, remember, and perform optimally. His research has been honored with a Troland Award from the US National Academy of Sciences, an early-career award from the American Psychological Association, and a Ho-Am Science Prize from Samsung (South Korea). His teaching has been recognized with both the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences and the Phi Beta Kappa William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College.

Steven B. Most is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (UNSW Sydney), with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. He received his B.A in psychology at Brandeis University and Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University, followed by postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt and Yale Universities. Dr. Most leads the Motivated Attention & Perception Lab, where his team uses behavioral and physiological measures to understand how attention, motivation, and emotion shape what people see, remember, and do, as well as how cognition affects safety and wellbeing in the real world (e.g., road safety). Dr. Most’s research has been recognized through grants, fellowships, and awards from NIH, the Australian Research Council, and the New York Academy of Sciences, and with an appointment as Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. His teaching and mentoring have been recognized with the Alpha Lambda Delta Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Delaware and an Outstanding Postgraduate Supervisor Award at UNSW.

Before writing Cognition, Professors Chun and Most collaborated on research examining how emotional stimuli capture attention.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: What Is Cognitive Psychology?
    Chapter 2: Cognitive Neuroscience
    Chapter 3: Perception and Mental Imagery
    Chapter 4: External Attention
    Chapter 5: Cognitive Control and Working Memory
    Chapter 6: Everyday Memory
    Chapter 7: Memory Systems
    Chapter 8: Language and Communication
    Chapter 9: Judgment and Decision Making
    Chapter 10: Reasoning and Problem Solving
    Chapter 11: Knowledge, Intelligence, and Cognitive Development
    Chapter 12: Social Cognition

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