Cognitive Psychology: In and Out of the Laboratory

Author(s): Jennifer Stolz, Jonathan Fugelsang, Myra Fernandes

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2018

Pages: 482


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This text includes all of the key features and basic findings from the field of cognitive psychology. Chapters are relatively short, in the hope instructors will supplement the text with other readings. This book is intended for a one-semester or one-term course for students who have already completed an introductory psychology course.

Cognitive Psychology: In and Out of the Laboratory is organized into four parts:

  • Part one locates the field historically, theoretically, and methodologically.
  • Part two reviews core aspects of cognition: perception, attention, and memory. ­The emphasis in these chapters is to review both the “classic” studies that define the field and the newer approaches that challenge long-standing assumptions.
  • Part three focuses on knowledge representation and organization.
  • Part four covers topics such as reasoning and decision making, as well as individual differences, effects of normal aging on cognition, and the ever-popular topic of gender differences. ­These chapters highlight how basic cognitive functions can be—and are—influenced by several factors.

New to the Canadian Edition

  • “Canadian Research Highlight” boxes allow the interested student to follow up on topics and researchers they find particularly interesting and might think of contacting for graduate school studies.
  • “In the Real World” boxes highlight cognitive phenomena, or interesting side stories relating to the topic being discussed.
  • ­The Canadian edition includes changes to a number of chapters compared to the US edition.
  • Fewer chapters to make the book easier to use in a one-semester course.


When students finish this book, they will see why cognitive psychologists are so passionate about their topic and their research, and how this work broadens our understanding of how our cognition operates in the real world.


1 Cognitive Psychology: History, Methods, and Paradigms
2 ­ e Brain: An Overview of Structure and Function

Basic Cognitive Processes
3 Perceiving Objects and Recognizing Patterns
4 Paying Attention
5 Memory Structures
6 Memory Processes

Representation and Organization of Knowledge
7 Concepts and Categorization
8 Visual Imagery and Spatial Cognition
9 Language

Using and Manipulating Information
10 ­Thinking, Problem Solving, and Reasoning
11 Making Decisions
12 Individual, Aging, and Gender Differences in Cognition


Jennifer Stolz

Jennifer A. Stolz holds a B.S. in psychology from Union College and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is a full professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo, and was previously the associate chair for undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Waterloo. She teaches courses in cognitive psychology, memory, attention, and evolutionary psychology. Dr. Stolz has published numerous papers on reading and spatial attention and has served as consulting editor of premier journals in psychology, including the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Memory & Cognition, and the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. She was awarded a Young Investigator Award in Experimental Psychology by Division 3 of the American Psychological Association, and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award by the Province of Ontario. Her work has been continually funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Dr. Stolz is the parent of two boys, Zachary and Jacob. Her spare time is devoted to ultrarunning and hiking.

Jonathan Fugelsang

Jonathan Fugelsang holds a B.A. in psychology from Lakehead University as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a Professor in the cognitive area of the psychology department at the University of Waterloo, and is an affliated faculty member of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience. He teaches courses in cognitive psychology, reasoning, decision making, and statistics. Dr. Fugelsang’s research spans several areas in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Recently, his work has predominantly focused on the interplay between intuitive and analytic processes supporting complex reasoning and decision making. These decisions may involve analogical, deductive, or probabilistic information. His lab has also extended their lines of inquiry to look at the role of intuitive and analytic processes in real world domains, such as creativity, moral judgments, religious beliefs, and technology use. His research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. In his spare time, Dr. Fugelsang enjoys running, cycling, and fishing. Together with his wife Natalie, and his two children, Aiden and Ava, he also enjoys traveling to warmer climates on occasion to escape the Canadian winters.

Myra Fernandes

Myra Fernandes holds a B.Sc. (1995) in Psychology & Biology, University of Waterloo, and MA (1996) and PhD (2001) in Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Toronto. She is a Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo. Her research aims to identify cognitive processes and key brain structures supporting memory, using a variety of methodologies such as fMRI and behavioral testing in young adults, in aging individuals, and in those with a past head injury or concussion. Dr. Fernandes has been recognized with numerous honors and distinctions, including the Canadian Psychological Association’s President’s New Researcher Award, and the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation’s Research Excellence Award. She was also an associate editor for the journal ‘Memory & Cognition’, and past associate editor for the ‘Journal of Gerontology’. Dr. Fernandes is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Canadian Society for Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science. She served on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s panel, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research panel, reviewing grants from Canadian researchers. Dr. Fernandes is the first recipient of the Women in Cognitive Science Canada Mentorship Award. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, multiple book chapters, as well as books. Dr. Fernandes has two children, Martinique and Misha, who are both inspirations and constant reminders of what is truly important in life. Together with her husband Marek, she enjoys traveling and hiking from the east coast in Newfoundland, to the streets of Montreal, and through to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.

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