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Cognitive Psychology

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Definition of Cognitive Psychology.

History of Cognitive Psychology

Abnormal Psychology. List of cognitive biases. Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment, and are often studied in psychology and behavioral economics.

List of cognitive biases

There are also controversies over some of these biases as to whether they count as useless or irrational, or whether they result in useful attitudes or behavior. For example, when getting to know others, people tend to ask leading questions which seem biased towards confirming their assumptions about the person. However, this kind of confirmation bias has also been argued to be an example of social skill: a way to establish a connection with the other person.[7] Although this research overwhelmingly involves human subjects, some findings that demonstrate bias have been found in non-human animals as well.

Cognitive psychology. Cognitive restructuring. Cognition. Cognition is a faculty for the processing of information, applying knowledge, and changing preferences. Cognitivism.

Decision making

Defense Mechanisms. Developmental Psychology. Dual-coding theory. Dual-coding theory, a theory of cognition, was hypothesized by Allan Paivio of the University of Western Ontario in 1971.

Dual-coding theory

In developing this theory, Paivio used the idea that the formation of mental images aids in learning (Reed, 2010). According to Paivio, there are two ways a person could expand on learned material: verbal associations and visual imagery. Dual-coding theory postulates that both visual and verbal information is used to represent information (Sternberg, 2003). Visual and verbal information are processed differently and along distinct channels in the human mind, creating separate representations for information processed in each channel. The mental codes corresponding to these representations are used to organize incoming information that can be acted upon, stored, and retrieved for subsequent use.

There are limitations to the dual-coding theory. Types of Codes[edit] Analogue codes are used to mentally represent images. Support for this theory[edit] Multimedia Learning. Dual process theory. In psychology, a dual process theory provides an account of how a phenomenon can occur in two different ways, or as a result of two different processes.

Dual process theory

Often, the two processes consist of an implicit (automatic), unconscious process and an explicit (controlled), conscious process. Verbalized explicit processes or attitudes and actions may change with persuasion or education; though implicit process or attitudes usually take a long amount of time to change with the forming of new habits. Dual process theories can be found in social, personality, cognitive, and clinical psychology. It has also been linked with economics via prospect theory and behavioral economics.

History[edit] The foundations of dual process theory likely comes from William James.

Educational Psychology

Jonathan Haidt. Education and career[edit] Haidt was born in New York City and raised in Scarsdale, New York.

Jonathan Haidt

He earned a BA in philosophy from Yale University in 1985, and a PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He then studied cultural psychology at the University of Chicago as a post-doctoral fellow. His supervisors were Jonathan Baron and Alan Fiske (at the University of Pennsylvania,) and cultural anthropologist Richard Shweder (University of Chicago). During his post-doctoral appointment, Haidt won a Fulbright fellowship to fund three months of research on morality in Orissa, India. Daniel Kahneman. Knowledge representation and reasoning. Knowledge representation and reasoning (KR) is the field of artificial intelligence (AI) devoted to representing information about the world in a form that a computer system can utilize to solve complex tasks such as diagnosing a medical condition or having a dialog in a natural language.

Knowledge representation and reasoning

Knowledge representation incorporates findings from psychology about how humans solve problems and represent knowledge in order to design formalisms that will make complex systems easier to design and build. Mathematical psychology. Media psychology. Media psychology seeks to understand how media as a factor in the growing use of technology impacts how people perceive, interpret, respond, and interact in a media rich world.

Media psychology

Media psychologists typically focus on identifying potential benefits and negative consequences of all forms of technology and work to promote and develop positive media use and applications.[1][2][3] The term 'media psychology' is often confusing because many people associate 'media' with mass media rather than technology. Many even have the idea that media psychology is more about appearing in the media than anything else. Mental image. "Mental images" redirects here.

Mental image

For the computer graphics software company, see Mental Images. A mental image or mental picture is the representation in a person's mind of the physical world outside of that person.[1] It is an experience that, on most occasions, significantly resembles the experience of perceiving some object, event, or scene, but occurs when the relevant object, event, or scene is not actually present to the senses.[2][3][4][5] There are sometimes episodes, particularly on falling asleep (hypnagogic imagery) and waking up (hypnopompic), when the mental imagery, being of a rapid, phantasmagoric and involuntary character, defies perception, presenting a kaleidoscopic field, in which no distinct object can be discerned.[6]

The mental processes

Ulric Neisser. Ulric Gustav Neisser (December 8, 1928 – February 17, 2012[1]) was a German-born American psychologist and member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Ulric Neisser

He was a significant figure in the development of cognitive science and the shift from behaviorist to cognitive models in psychology. Early life and education[edit] Born in Kiel, Germany, Neisser moved with his family to the United States in 1933. Neisser earned a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1950,[2] a Master’s at Swarthmore College, and a doctorate from Harvard's Department of Social Relations in 1956.[2] He then taught at Brandeis and Emory universities, before establishing himself at Cornell. Numerical cognition.

Personality Psychology

Psychophysics. Psychophysics also refers to a general class of methods that can be applied to study a perceptual system.


Modern applications rely heavily on threshold measurement,[3] ideal observer analysis, and signal detection theory.[4] Psychophysics has widespread and important practical applications. As just one example, in the study of digital signal processing, psychophysics has informed the development of models and methods of lossy compression. These models explain why humans perceive very little loss of signal quality when audio and video signals are formatted using lossy compression. History[edit] Many of the classical techniques and theories of psychophysics were formulated in 1860 when Gustav Theodor Fechner in Leipzig published Elemente der Psychophysik.[5] He coined the term "psychophysics", describing research intended to relate physical stimuli to the contents of consciousness such as sensations (Empfindungen).

Fechner's work was studied and extended by Charles S.

Social Psychology

Fields related to Cognitive Psychology.