Cognitive psychology has matured and flourished in the last
half-century, as new theories, research tools, and theoretical
frameworks have allowed cognitive psychologists and researchers to
explore a broad array of topics. In the same vein, the depth of
understanding and the methodological and theoretical sophistication
have also grown in wonderful ways. Given the expanse of the field,
an up-to-date and inclusive resource such as this handbook is
needed for aspiring generalists who wish to read the book cover to
cover, and for the many readers who are simply curious to know the
current happenings in other cognition laboratories. Guided by this
need, this volume's 64 chapters cover all aspects of cognition,
spanning perceptual issues, attention, memory, knowledge
representation, language, emotional influences, judgment, problem
solving, and the study of individual differences in cognition.
Additional chapters turn to the control of complex actions and the
social, cultural, and developmental context of cognition. The
authors include a mix of well-established influential figures and
younger colleagues in order to gain an understanding of the field's
forward trajectory. The volume also includes a mix of "tutorial"
chapters and chapters that powerfully represent a particular
research team's point of view.