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Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology Chapter 1 Introduction
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Defining Cognitive Psychology The study of human mental processes and their role in thinking, feeling, and behaving. Experimentation versus mathematical models and computer simulations. Information processing—the mind is analogous to the software of a computer and the brain to its hardware.
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Information Processing Information as a reduction of uncertainty (h = log 2 N). Meaning, not information in the mathematical sense, is the focus of human mental life.
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Defining Cognitive Science The study of the relationships among and integration of cognitive psychology, biology, anthropology, computer science, linguistics, and philosophy. These disciplines bring different methodologies to common questions.
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Core Concepts Mental representation Stages of processing Serial versus parallel processing Hierarchical systems Cognitive architecture Memory stores Consciousness Emotion
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Mental Representation An unobservable internal code for information. Mental images are one kind of mental representation. Other kinds are unconscious and abstract. Provide the basis for all cognitive abilities and knowledge about the world.
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Stages of Processing
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