Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind (4th Edition) by Daniel Reisberg

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Cognition: Exploring the technological know-how of the Mind textual content and workbook, interact with the ZAPS on-line labs to have interaction scholars within the clinical procedure and emphasize the relevance of cognitive psychology.
The textbook engages scholars within the medical approach via its built-in therapy of study equipment and robust assurance of key experiments. The better half Cognition Workbook comprises essays, actions, and demonstrations that concentrate on the real-world functions of cognitive psychology. The ZAPS on-line Labs invite scholars to event mental phenomena and classical experiments in a bright and fascinating setting.

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In this way, the scientist can gather more and more data, including data that are crucial for testing the specific predictions of a particular theory. indd 12 The Science of the Mind 8/14/09 1:59:28 PM gives science its power. It’s what allows scientists to assert that their hypotheses have been rigorously tested, and it’s what gives scientists assurance that their theories are correct. Psychologists work in the same fashion. We know that we need to study mental processes; that’s what we learned from the limitations of behaviorism.

First, an organism’s behaviors are observable in the right way: You can watch my actions, and so can anyone else who is appropriately positioned. Therefore, data concerned with behavior are objective data, and so grist for the scientific mill. Likewise, stimuli in the world are in the same “objective” category: These are measurable, recordable, physical events. In addition, you can arrange to record the stimuli I experience day after day after day and also the behaviors I produce each day. This means that you can record how the pattern of behaviors changes with the passage of time and with the accumulation of experience.

Yet it seems that these subjective entities play a pivotal role in guiding behavior, and so we must consider these entities if we want to understand behavior! Evidence pertinent to these assertions is threaded throughout the chapters of this book. Over and over, we will find it necessary to mention people’s perceptions and strategies and understanding, as we strive to explain why (and how) they perform various tasks and accomplish various goals. Indeed, we’ve already seen an example of this pattern: Imagine that we present the “Betsy and Jacob” story to people and then ask them various questions about the story: Why did Betsy shake her piggy bank?

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