Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory

Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory

Sixth Edition
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August 2017 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory presents balanced, up-to-date coverage of cognitive psychology and shows readers that research conducted in the lab truly does impact the real world. Using her signature, accessible writing style, author Kathleen M. Galotti masterfully connects cognitive psychology to students' everyday lives through current, relevant examples. The Sixth Edition has been updated to reflect the rapidly changing field of cognitive psychology with new references, streamlined content that gives more attention to key topics like memory, and material on advances in research that enhance our understanding of how people acquire and use information. 

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Chapter 1: Cognitive Psychology History, Methods, and Paradigms
Setting the Stage  
Influences on the Study of Cognition  
Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology  
Paradigms of Cognitive Psychology  
Chapter 2: The Brain
Setting the Stage  
Structure of the Brain  
Localization of Function  
Lateralization of Function  
Brain-Imaging Techniques  
Other Brain-Recording Techniques  
Training the Brain  
Chapter 3: Perception Recognizing Patterns and Objects
Setting the Stage  
Gestalt Approaches to Perception  
Bottom-Up Processes  
Top-Down Processes  
Face Perception  
Direct Perception  
Disruptions of Perception: Visual Agnosias  
Chapter 4: Attention Deploying Cognitive Resources
Setting the Stage  
Selective Attention  
Divided Attention  
Automaticity and the Effects of Practice  
Controlling Attention  
Neural Underpinnings of Attention  
Attention Outside the Laboratory: Cell Phone Usage While Driving  
Chapter 5: Working Memory Forming and Using New Memory Traces
Setting the Stage  
Traditional Approaches to the Study of Memory  
Working Memory  
Executive Functioning  
Neurological Studies of Memory Processes  
Chapter 6: Retrieving Memories From Long-Term Storage
Setting the Stage  
Aspects of Long-Term Memory  
Subdivisions of Long-Term Memory  
The Levels-of-Processing View  
Chapter 7: The Reconstructive Nature of Memory
Setting the Stage  
Narrative Memory  
Autobiographical Memory  
The Recovered/False Memory Debate  
Memory Consolidation and Reconsolidation  
Chapter 8: Knowledge Representation Storing and Organizing Information in Long-Term Memory
Setting the Stage  
Organizing Knowledge  
Forming Concepts and Categorizing New Instances  
Chapter 9: Visual Imagery and Spatial Cognition
Setting the Stage  
Codes in Long-Term Memory  
Empirical Investigations of Imagery  
The Nature of Mental Imagery  
Neuropsychological Findings  
Spatial Cognition  
Chapter 10: Language
Setting the Stage  
The Structure of Language  
Language Comprehension and Production  
Language and Cognition  
Neuropsychological Views and Evidence  
Chapter 11: Thinking and Problem Solving
Setting the Stage  
Classic Problems and General Methods of Solution  
Blocks to Problem Solving  
The Problem Space Hypothesis  
Expert Systems  
Finding Creative Solutions  
Critical Thinking  
Chapter 12: Reasoning and Decision Making
Setting the Stage  
Decision Making  
Cognitive Illusions in Decision Making  
Utility Models of Decision Making  
Descriptive Models of Decision Making  
Neuropsychological Evidence on Reasoning and Decision Making  
Chapter 13: Cognitive Development Through Adolescence
Setting the Stage  
Piagetian Theory  
Non-Piagetian Approaches to Cognitive Development  
Some Post-Piagetian Answers to the Question “What Develops?”  
Chapter 14: Individual Differences in Cognition
Setting the Stage  
Individual Differences in Cognition  
Gender Differences in Cognition  
Chapter 15: Cognition in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Setting the Stage  
Examples of Studies of Cross-Cultural Cognition  
Effects of Schooling and Literacy  
Situated Cognition in Everyday Settings  


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“Galotti has gathered the most important topics in modern cognitive psychology and approaches them with a conversational writing style—supplemented with examples and figures—bringing abstract concepts to life.”

Darrell Rudmann
Shawnee State University

“I strongly agree with Galotti’s sentiment. Cognitive psychology is so much more than the rigorous experimental research that dominates most textbooks in the field. While it is important to facilitate an appreciation for experimental design and behavioral testing methodologies, I feel it is equally important to highlight the application of research in cognitive psychology to our everyday, real-world problems.”

Dunja L. Trunk
Bloomfield College

"I feel that Dr. Galotti did a very good job on providing real-life examples and making them accessible to the readers.”

Xiaowei Zhao
Emmanuel College at Boston

“Galotti’s Chapter Summaries are very strong; the important, big-picture concepts and themes presented in the chapter are condensed down to approximately one page. For a student, this makes for a very useful tool, assuming they have in fact read the chapter in the first place.”

James Scepansky
Cedar Crest College

“Galotti’s textbook provides comprehensive coverage of cognitive psychology…The text would give a wonderful foundation for advanced students who plan to attend graduate programs in cognitive psychology/cognitive science.”

Hildur Halliday Schilling
Fitchburg State University
Key features


  • Chapter-opening Setting the Stage sections introduce chapter concepts with real-world examples and anecdotes to spark reader interest.
  • Updated research and coverage of cutting-edge topics including bilingualism, embodied cognition, brain training, and mindfulness meditation.
  • Separation of the old long-term memory chapter into two chapters: one on experimental work and one on narrative memory, covering autobiographical memory, flashbulb memory, and recovered vs. false memories.
  • An interactive eBook available with the print text integrates a broad spectrum of multimedia tools to provide a richer learning experience.
  • Free SAGE edge online resources include a password-protected Instructor Teaching Site and open access Student Study Site with helpful tools and resources that make teaching and learning easier.


  • A full-color design visually enhances illustrations and photos throughout the text.
  • Chapters emphasize the latest developments in perception, attention, and memory.
  • Chapters dedicated to key topics including cognitive development through adolescence; individual, aging, and gender differences; and cognition in cross-cultural perspective.
  • Integration of relevant work from cognitive neuroscience throughout the text provides a more complete understanding of cognitive psychology.

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