David Groome, Michael Eysenck
Published December 2, 2004
Textbook - 352 Pages
ISBN 9781841693170 - CAT# RU37513
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Co-Authors: Kevin Baker, Corriene Reed, David Heathcote, Moira Maguire & Richard Kemp
An Introduction to Applied Cognitive Psychology offers a student friendly review of recent research in the application of cognitive methods, theories and models to real-world scenarios. The authors approach cognitive psychology by looking at how people use basic cognitive skills in everyday environments. In this way, they explore how people use their knowledge to influence their behaviour in life, and throw light on the inter-relationships between each part of the cognitive system. The central areas of visual perception, attention, memory, language, thinking, decision making and human performance are covered, as in conventional cognitive textbooks, but they are addressed in terms of practical applications to skill training, expertise and skilled behaviour. Whereas experimental psychology often remains in the laboratory, this book will show undergraduates how the implications and methodological insights of theoretical work can be brought into the real world, and vice versa.
So far, no introductory textbook has been completely dedicated to an overview of the various applications of cognitive psychological findings. This book by Esgate, Groome and colleagues thus fills a gap. In my opinion this book provides excellent supplementary reading to theoretical courses on cognitive psychology at undergraduate level. - Gezinus Wolters, Department of Psychology, Leiden University
This book provides a long-overdue overview of the applpications of cognitive psychological findings.[...] On the whole this is an interesting, well-written book that has a very fresh feel. each of the chapters stands alone, and so can be usefully read in any order. This is a book that can be easily and rewardingly dipped into. One of the potential pitfalls in describing appied work is that it is easy to sideline the theoretical basis so that the reader does not really have a good grasp of exactly what is being applied, or how. This pitfall is avoided admirably throughout An Introduction to Applied Cognitive Psychology. The accounts of theoretical background are, on the whole, succinct, yet sufficiently detailed to allow their applications to be understood. The balance between providing the reader with the theoretical foundations without swamping them in detail is largely very well achieved.[...] The target audience for this book is clearly undergraduate students studying cognitive psychology...As such, this book is pitched extremely well and would provide an excellent supplement to a more standard cognitive psychology text. Overall, this book is erudite, accessible and interesting.[...] The current contents are well chosen and it is pleasing to see disparaate areas drawn together to produce such a fresh and interesting account. - Steve Jones, Leeds Metropolitan University, in Applied Cognitive Psychology, November 2005
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