GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Sensation and Perception-Sensation & Perception Theories, Applications and Issues Study Material (Page 10 of 12)

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Foundation of Cognitive Psychology: Definition, Approaches of Cognitive Psychology- Information Processing Approach, Connectionist Model



Cognitive psychology deals with the study of human mental processes. It focuses on thought processes, judgment, comprehension, and perception, acquisition of knowledge, language, problem solving and decision making. Scientific approach of cognitive psychology helps for the better understanding of human psyche.


  • Cognitive psychology concerns with the scientific understanding of how people may perceive, understand, evaluate and think in relation to the complexities and significance of mind.
  • Cognitive psychology conducts experiments in the laboratory to study about how human …

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Foundation of Cognitive Psychology: History of Cognitive Psychology, New Milestones in the Development of Cognitive Psychology


History of Cognitive Psychology

  • Experiments in cognitive psychology helped to bring cognitive processes in to laboratory. Important discoveries emerged especially in the fields of perception and attention (Wundt, 1874) , memory (Ebbinghaus, 1885) and learning (Thorndike, 1914) . Ebbinghaus (1885) , carried out experiment on spaced learning and massed learning, where it was shown through experiment that learning can be improved if some rest i…

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