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Cognitive Psychology [Hardcover]

Robert J. Sternberg
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March 19 2008 049550629X 978-0495506294 5
With an accessible, easy-to-understand writing style, the fifth edition of COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY will give you the tools you need to be successful in the course! This text covers cognitive neuroscience, attention and consciousness, perception, memory, knowledge representation, language, problem-solving and creativity, decision-making and reasoning, cognitive development, and intelligence. Common themes at the end of every chapter will help you spend more time studying important information and less time trying to figure out what you need to know. The author provides a "from lab to life" approach covering theory and lab and field research, as well as applications to everyday life.

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2.0 out of 5 stars what a way to dull an interesting topic July 7 2010
I didn't enjoy this text nearly as much as I enjoy cognitive psychology in general. Simple ideas were made so convoluted and incomprehensible. I found myself googling every other concept only to find a much simpler explanation online somewhere. It's like the author went out of his way to show how eloquent he can get, only to miss the point entirely, and that is to teach others.

And there are barely any pictures. Not that I limit myself to picture books, but many of us are visual learners. In comparison, the Weiten series is full of images, diagrams and charts - I happen to be a huge fan of these elements in science books. But this text did not deliver.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Descriptions were confusing. May 19 2008
By JennieJenn - Published on Amazon.com
I am a graduate in psychology and have read many psychology books in my student career. This book was poorly written and the organization was horrible. When Sternberg would be describing a study, often his descriptions were confusing and unorganized. If a professor was thinking about using this book for his or her class, I would strongly suggest otherwise. There are other books that are better. For example, Ronald T. Kellogg's book Cognitive Psychology would be more helpful and the descriptions are better worded.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to Cognitive Psychology book March 8 2010
By A. Neogy - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm shocked that the average rating for this book is 3 stars. It's really closer to 4.5, IMO. I'm a 4th year psychology student with 99 semester units, so I've been through a number of psychology texts. This textbook is an excellent introduction to the field of Human Cognition and is well written and easy to read for an ordinary psychology student. Concepts are well explained with examples, and plenty of diagrams are offered throughout the text. The chapters are a bit lengthy, ranging from 35-50 pages- which is the only downfall IMO. At the end of every chapter, there is a summary of the key ideas and a list of some vocab terms. There are exercises filled throughout the book. I would highly recommend purchasing this textbook as a supplement to psych lectures. If there would be one thing to change though, it would be to make the chapters shorter in length- around 25 pages, in order to better digest the material. Other than that, def one of my favorite texts to work with.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good theories put forward in a poor manner July 16 2009
By J. Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
The context of the book is very technical and not written in an enjoyable relaxing read. It provides solid theories but Sternberg makes it sound like irrefutable fact rather than a theoretical model that can be discussed. An example he provides a theory of attention and conscious making a person's thinking robotic.

Although it provides solid theories and good evidence to back them up cognitive psychology is an exploratory discipline in the psychological field still. Sternberg did not take biopsychology into consideration rather making cognitive psych sound like he knows everything in it. I must disagree with his writing style because science is always evolving and new psychological theories are being presented every day.

Overall if you must use this book do so but don't overstress your mind with so much technicality. Don't let this textbook make cognitive psych seem conclusive in every aspect because it's not. For people that don't like too much technicality then this textbook might be a pass. Psychology is a dynamic science so don't let one person's book make it seem conclusive.

Content deserves 3-4 stars
Presentation 1 Star
Enjoyability 1-2 stars
Stimulation 2 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Student's Perspective Oct. 5 2008
By Alison C. Weed - Published on Amazon.com
I really like the way the book is laid out, very logical. I've noticed that my professor overlaps with the book a lot, which is great because the book definitely gives more details and in depth explanations. All in all great book for this field of psychology.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my daughter who teaches psychology at the high school level. July 3 2014
By Donna Strube - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for my daughter who teaches psychology; she liked it.
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