Essay about Cognitive Psychology

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Evolution of Cognitive Psychology
Plynia Welty
Psych 560
June 11, 2012
Brian Uldall

Evolution of Cognitive Psychology Cognitive psychology embarked on a revolutionary journey since the era of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Dr. King, 2012). St. Aquinas was the pioneering mind behind the idea that behavior can be divided into two areas, cognitive and effect." Logging empirical research on a subject provides practitioners a comprehensive view of the subject matter" (Dr. King, 2012). In relation to cognitive psychology, one must first have a definition of cognition. The next line of thinking would be to have a working knowledge if interdisciplinary perspective as related to cognitive psychology and a description of the appearance of
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This concept involves several disciplines such as; philosophy, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and anthropology. All of these disciplines involve the mind in an effort to form understanding (Robinson-Reigler & Robinson-Reigler, 2008). The basis for cognitive psychology is resultant from experimental psychology. Although cognitive psychology was born from experimental psychology, both share similar factors: linguistics, memory, reasoning, attention, and thinking (Bruno, 2002).
Emergence of Cognitive Psychology as a Discipline The late 1970's brought about the birth of the Cognitive Science Society. The topics of domination were a depiction of knowledge and high-level cognitive processes. Alan Newell and Herb Simon performed pioneering work using artificial intelligence and psychology, simulating human problem solving (Gentner, 2010). These strands continued to be interactive during the 1960's and 1970's. This lead to a formal society to solidify the new discipline, therefore the Cognitive Science Society was born. The balance of disciplines has drastically changed over time. Cognitive psychology could essentially gain a tremendous amount from the other cognitive sciences. It is obvious that neighboring disciplines provide useful methods. One example would be psychologists using syntactic tests from linguists. On a deeper level, the various disciplines of cognitive science differ in the questions asked (Gentner, 2010).

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