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Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Second Edition

August 2002 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Kellogg's Cognitive Psychology is clearly written, highly informative, and consistently engaging. By integrating core material in cognitive psychology with the latest developments in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, Kellogg provides a broad, cutting edge view of the field today."


-Daniel L. Schacter, Harvard University

"This is a very thorough and complete text that is very well written. I was particularly impressed that the book incorporated and integrated the literatures on neuroscience and individual differences."

-Randall Engle, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Kellogg's textbook provides outstanding coverage of contemporary cognitive psychology. I especially welcomed chapters on Cognitive Neuroscience, providing neural underpinnings of cognition, and Intelligence. The latter topic is rarely included in books on cognition because the study of intelligence developed in a somewhat separate tradition from experimental cognitive psychology. Yet clearly intelligence should be considered as part of cognitive psychology, too. The coverage in the book is comprehensive and authoritative, but the chapters I read are also quite interesting and accessible. This book should be widely used as a text and a reference work."

-Henry L. Roediger, III, Washington University in St. Louis

As with his best-selling First Edition, Ronald T. Kellogg seeks to provide students with a synthesis of cognitive psychology at its best, encapsulating relevant background, theory, and research within each chapter. Understanding cognitive psychology now requires a deeper understanding of the brain than was true in the past. In his thoroughly revised Second Edition, the author highlights the tremendous contributions from the neurosciences, most notably neuroimaging, in recent years and approaches cognition in the context of both its development and its biological, bodily substrate.

Features of this text:

A new chapter on cognitive neuroscience at the beginning of the book, along with greater coverage of neuroscience throughout, highlights the enormous contributions from the neurosciences (particularly neuroimaging of the brain) during the last decade.

A new, full-chapter coverage on memory distortions highlights this topic with great interest value to students and strong practical implications in fields such as policing, law, and court proceedings.

Key terms and concepts are bolded in text and defined in margin notes for easy reference and each chapter concludes with a summary and list of key terms for student review.

Graphics have been expanded to visually support the text, and an expanded four-color insert highlights recent developments in neuroimaging.

An Instructor's Manual on CD-ROM is available to qualified adopters.

Part 1 Scope & Methods
1. Introduction
Defining Cognitive Psychology. Core Concepts. Research Methods. Overview of the Text. Summary. Key Terms

2. Cognitive Neuroscience
Mind & Brain. Functional Neuroanatomy. Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience. Connectionist Models. Summary. Key Terms

Part II: Fundamentals of Cognition
3. Perception
Visual Consciousness. Pattern Recognition. Face Perception. Speech Perception. Summary. Key Terms

4. Attention
Filter Theories. Capacity Theories. Automatic Processes. Visual Attention. Summary. Key Terms

5. Memory
Encoding, Storage, & Retrieval. Sensory Memory. Short-Term versus Long-Term memory. Working Memory. Summary. Key Terms

Part III: Learning, Knowing, & Remembering
6. Episodic Memory
Types of Long-Term Memory. Encoding & Storing Events. Retrieval Processes. Summary. Key Terms.

7. Distortions of Memory
Reconstructive Retrieval. Encoding Distortions. Source Monitoring. Eyewitess Testimony. Summary. Key Terms.

8. Semantic Memory
Representing Concepts. Propositions & Images. Using Semantic Memory. Summary. Key Terms

9. Learning Concepts & Skills
Concept Learning. Learning Processes. Implicit Learning. Acquiring Expertise. Summary. Key Terms

Part IV: Knowing and Using Language
10. Language
Defining Language. Representations of Language. Thought & Language. Summary. Key Terms.

11. Language Production
Speech Production. Sentence Generation. Writing. Summary. Key Terms.

12. Language Comprehension
Word Recognition. Sentence Comprehension. Discourse Comprehension. Summary. Key Terms.

Part V: Thinking
13. Problem Solving
Types of Thinking. A General Model of Problem Solving. Creativity. Summary. Key Terms

14. Reasoning & Decision Making
Syllogistic Reasoning. Conditional Reasoning. Decision Making. Summary. Key Terms.

15. Intelligence
Defining Intelligence. Genetic & Environmental Influences. Sex Differences. Summary. Key Terms.


Not appropriate for the psychology course where I teach. A book very focused on neurosciences and our course is psychotherapy focused.

Dr José Daniel Ferreira Nunes Barbosa de Castro
Psychology, Instituto Universitário da Maia ISMAI
January 23, 2024

a very good book, quite in depth for level 3 but essential for university.

Ms Athiyah Roomi
Psychology, Nottingham College
October 2, 2019

Excellent book. well laid out and enjoyable to read

Ms Lorna Harris
Peaks Centre, Sheffield College
January 4, 2016

excellent coverage of the broad domain of modern cognitive psychology. The chapter of cognitive neuroscience is particularly beneficial as it grounds the developmental elements of human cognition within the wider domain of neurological research which has been growing significantly over the last decades. This provides students with a comprehensive and authoritative coverage but not in a way that is inaccessible to students studying an undergraduate course in psychology.

Mr David Saunders
Division of Psychology, Northampton Univ.
June 3, 2014

Very good book for students at all levels

Mr Alan Searle
Psychology , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
October 26, 2013

I liked the organization of the text plus the writing is an easy read

Mrs Ariana Durando
Psychology Dept, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
August 21, 2012

A detailed, well written, book.

Nicola Michael
Dept of Learning Resources, Merthyr Tydfil College
July 2, 2012
Key features


  • Each chapter was reviewed by a content expert to provide the most up-to-date and accurate coverage possible.
  • Each chapter concludes with a summary and list of key terms, and—new to this edition—key terms and concepts are bolded in text when they first appear and defined in margin notes for easy reference and reveiw.
  • Graphics have been increased and substantially improved to visually support the text, and an expanded four-color insert highlights recent developments with neuroimaging.


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