Title The Machines Inside Our Brain
Subtitle Cognitive Mechanisms of Information Processing
Author Geoffrey Woodman, Ashleigh Maxcey
ISBN 9781516534142
List price USD 124.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 316
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cognella Academic Publishing (Eurospan Group)
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The Machines Inside Our Brain: Cognitive Mechanisms of Information Processing is an innovative anthology that not only provides students with engaging articles pertaining to brain processes of information processing and storage, but also teaches students how to strategically read, analyze, and digest scientific articles.


The collection begins with a comprehensive instructional chapter that teaches students how to approach the consumption and analysis of a scientific article. Readers learn about the compositional features of an article, what it means when an article is peer reviewed, how to effectively annotate an article to increase personal comprehension, and more. Students are then challenged to apply these techniques to the articles within the anthology, then answer a variety of deep, applied questions regarding their contents. The readings within the collection share research cover the variety of cognitive processes that our brains carry out. Specific articles explore attention, automatic processing of information, the manipulation of mental representations, accessing memory, the structure of short-term memory, the nature of knowledge representation, expertise, problem solving, and more.


A unique anthology that shares both classic and cutting-edge research while teaching students how to critically examine scientific articles, The Machines Inside Our Brain is well-suited for courses that focus on memory and brain processes, as well as classes that seek to provide a comprehensive survey of cognitive psychology while teaching students to read the primary scientific literature.


Introduction: How to Read a Journal Article By Ashleigh Maxcey

READING 1: Memory-Scanning: Mental Processes Revealed by Reaction-Time Experiments By Saul Sternberg

READING 2: Studies of Interference in Serial Verbal Reactions By J Ridley Stroop

READING 3: Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Object By Roger N. Shepard and Jacqueline Metzler

READING 4: Word Length and the Structure of Short-Term Memory By Alan D Baddeley, Neil Thomspon, and Mary Buchanan

READING 5: Creating False Memories: Remembering Words Not Presented in Lists By Henry L Roediger and Kathleen B McDermott

READING 6: Role of Schemata in Memory for Places By William F Brewer and James C. Treyens

READING 7: Incubation and the Persistence of Fixation in Problem Solving By Steven M. Smith and Steven E .Blankenship

READING 8: Skill in Chess: Experiments with Chess-Playing Tasks and Computer Simulation of Skilled Performance Throw Light on Some Human Perceptual and Memory Processes By Herbert A. Simon and William G. Chase

READING 9: How to Exploit Diversity for Scientific Gain: Using Individual Differences to Constrain Cognitive Theory By Edward K. Vogel and Edward Awh


About the Editors:

Geoffrey Woodman, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, the director of graduate studies in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University, and the co-director of a National Eye Institute T32 to the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Iowa. Dr. Woodman’s research examines how the mechanisms of visual attention and memory influence how we interact with the world around us.


Ashleigh Maxcey, Ph.D., is a visiting associate professor in the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University, currently with a summer appointment at Vanderbilt University. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa with a specialization in cognition and perception. Dr. Maxcey’s current research examines how human memory functions.

Target Audience:

This book is is well-suited for courses that focus on memory and brain processes, as well as classes that seek to provide a comprehensive survey of cognitive psychology while teaching students to read the primary scientific literature.


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