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Cognitive Psychology

Second Edition

Edited by Nick Braisby and Angus Gellatly

Cognitive processes enable us to experience the world around us: to recognise a friendly face in a crowd, to communicate our passions, to recall memories from the past. When these processes stop working, it can turn friends into strangers, render speech impossible, and make history a confusion of truth and lies. Cognitive Psychology, Second Edition unravels these complex ideas, introducing the concepts behind them and looking at how techniques, such as neuroimaging, can provide answers to questions that may at first seem unanswerable.

The chapters - covering a broad range of topics, including attention, perception, and neuropsychiatry - are written to inspire students, and come complete with helpful resources, including in-chapter summaries to consolidate learning, 'Activity' boxes to help students engage in the content, and 'Research study' boxes to encourage an awareness of scientific method.

With chapters written by experts in their fields and edited by professors with a wealth of experience in teaching and learning, Cognitive Psychology, Second Edition is the ideal course companion for all psychology students.

The Online Resource Centre to accompany Cognitive Psychology, Second Edition includes:

For lecturers:
· Figures from the book available to download.
· A text bank of multiple choice questions.
· Chapters from the Methods Companion to the first edition.

For students:
· Software simulations.

Readership : Undergraduate psychology students taking a first course in cognitive psychology. Also of value as a refresher for those studying courses covering more specialised aspects of cognitive psychology at advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level.


  • 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

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

There are no Instructor/Student Resources available at this time.

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.

Basic Vision - Robert Snowden, Peter Thompson and Tom Troscianko
Face Processing - Dr. Graham Hole and Dr. Victoria Bourne

Special Features

  • 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.