Cognitive psychology

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In cognitive science, the branch called cognitive psychology deals with human mental processes involved in thinking, feeling and behaving. It includes a variety of thinking processes, among them: perception, attention, memory, knowledge acquisition, categorization, language, problem-solving, reasoning, and judgment.[1] Increasingly cognitive psychology is combined with neuroscience.[2] The journal Cognitive Psychology played an important historical role in this field, and continues to publish technical work on this topic.[3]


  1. For example, see Ronald T. Kellogg (2011). “Defining cognitive psychology”, Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology, 2nd ed. Sage, p. 4. ISBN 1412977851. 
  2. John R. Anderson (2009). “The cognitive revolution: AI, information theory, and linguistics”, Cognitive Psychology and its Implications, 7th ed. Macmillan, p. 9. ISBN 1429219483. 
  3. GD Logan, ed. "Cognitive Psychology". Elsevier. According to JR Anderson (cited above), beginning in 1970 this journal did much to define the field, described as follows: “Cognitive Psychology is concerned with advances in the study of memory, language processing, perception, problem solving, and thinking.”