The Nature of Cognition by Robert J. SternbergThe Nature of Cognition by Robert J. Sternberg

The Nature of Cognition

EditorRobert J. Sternberg

Paperback | February 16, 1999

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Most cognitive psychology texts are organized around empirical findings on standard substantive topics such as perception, memory, vision, and language. This book is the first to introduce the study of cognition in terms of the major conceptual themes that underlie virtually all the substantive topics. Taking a dialectical approach, the chapters contrast alternative approaches to the underlying themes (e.g., domain-generality vs. domain-specificity), then show how a synthesis of the two approaches provides the best understanding.

The book is organized into six sections: general issues in cognition, representation and process in cognition, methodology in cognition, kinds of cognition, group and individual differences in cognition, and a conclusion.

Contributors: Rhianon Allen, Axel Buchner, Patricia A. Carpenter, Stephen J. Ceci, Michael Cole, Eduardus DeBruyn, Randall W. Engle, Peter A. Frensch, Elena L. Grigorenko, Earl Hunt, P.N. Johnson-Laird, Marcel Adam Just, Michael Kahana, John F. Kihlstrom, Geoffrey Loftus, Valerie S. Makin, Timothy P. McNamara, Thomas O. Nelson, Raymond S. Nickerson, Natalie Oransky, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Dennis R. Proffitt, Arthur S. Reber, Paul J. Reber, Daniel N. Robinson, Tina B. Rosenblum, Brian H. Ross, Steven Sloman, Robert J. Sternberg.

Title:The Nature of CognitionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:746 pages, 8.8 × 6 × 1.7 inPublished:February 16, 1999Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262692120

ISBN - 13:9780262692120


From Our Editors

While most textbooks on cognitive psychology are systematically arranged by empirical studies of perception, memory, vision and language, The Nature of Cognition is grouped thematically by the conceptual themes in the field. Edited by Robert Sternberg, The Nature of Cognition investigates contrasting alternative ideas and is organized into sections on representation and process, methodology, kinds of cognition, as well as group and individual differences.

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The breadth of coverage and the expertise of the authors make this volume an invaluable research and teaching resource.