Experimental Cognitive Psychology and Its Applications

Pages: 265
Item #: 4318016
ISBN: 978-1-59147-183-7
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Copyright: 2005
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The study of cognition has experienced rapid growth in the last decade. This topic is fundamental both to the science of psychology and to its applications in real world problems. Yet there has traditionally been a huge gap between basic research findings in this area and practice in the field. Experimental Cognitive Psychology and Its Applications aims to bridge this gap by bringing together a group of distinguished experimental psychologists who show how their findings can be applied in daily life.

Chapters cover key areas of cognitive psychological research including:

  • learning
  • memory
  • information processing
  • discourse
  • knowledge representation

The contributors show how basic research in these areas has applications in the areas of

  • mathematical problem solving
  • task requirements during training
  • cross-cultural investigations of intelligence
  • the investigation of recall
  • the improvement in educational methods

This volume honors three distinguished faculty members from the University of Colorado who are recently retired from teaching at the university: Lyle Bourne, Walter Kintsch, and Thomas Landauer. Throughout their careers, these pioneers have done basic research on a wide range of topics in experimental cognitive psychology and have made important contributions to our practical understanding.

This book will appeal to experimental psychologists; practitioners involved in training, education, and testing; and students and researchers interested in the core issues of human cognition.

Table of Contents




About the Honorees

I. Symposia

  1. Domain-Specific Knowledge in Intellectual Skills: A Symposium in Honor of Lyle E. Bourne, Jr.
    —Ronald T. Kellogg, Alinda Friedman, Peder Johnson, and Timothy C. Richard
  2. Walter Kintsch: A Psychology Beyond Words
    —Charles A. Weaver III, Janice M. Keenan, Walter Perrig, and Vimla Patel
  3. Cherchez Le Quadrant Pasteur! A Symposium in Honor of Tom Landauer
    —Lynn Streeter, Darrell Laham, Susan Dumais, and Ernst Z. Rothkopf

II. Learning

  1. How Should a Theory of Learning and Cognition Inform Instruction?
    —John R. Anderson, Scott Douglass, and Yulin Qin
  2. The Procedural Reinstatement Principle: Studies on Training, Retention, and Transfer
    —Alice F. Healy, Erica L. Wohldmann, and Lyle E. Bourne, Jr.
  3. Material Appropriate Difficulty: A Framework for Determining When Difficulty is Desirable for Improving Learning
    —Mark A. McDaniel and Gilles O. Einstein

III. Memory

  1. The Long-Term Neglect of Long-Term Memory: Reasons and Remedies
    —Harry P. Bahrick
  2. Rich False Memories: The Royal Road to Success
    —Elizabeth F. Loftus and Daniel M. Bernstein
  3. The Functionalist Agenda in Memory Research
    —James S. Nairne

IV. Information Processing

  1. Attention, Automaticity, and Executive Control
    —Gordon D. Logan
  2. Roles of Task-Defined Associations and Reference Frames in Spatial Stimulus–Response Compatibility
    —Robert W. Proctor and Kim-Phuong L. Vu

V. Discourse

  1. Watching the Brain Comprehend Discourse
    —Morton Ann Gernsbacher and David A. Robertson
  2. Learning to Construct and Integrate
    —Susan R. Goldman and David M. Bloome
  3. Computerized Learning Environments That Incorporate Research in Discourse Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Computational Linguistics
    —Arthur C. Graesser, Xiangen Hu, and Danielle S. McNamara

VI. Knowledge Representation

  1. On Qualifying and Characterizing Human Knowledge
    —Raymond S. Nickerson
  2. Finding Meaning in Psychology
    —Roger W. Schvaneveldt
  3. Cultural Explorations of the Nature of Intelligence
    —Robert J. Sternberg and Elena L. Grigorenko
  4. Word Association Spaces for Predicting Semantic Similarity Effects in Episodic Memory
    —Mark Steyvers, Richard M. Shiffrin, and Douglas L. Nelson

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editor

Editor Bio

Alice F. Healy, PhD, received her AB degree summa cum laude in 1968 from Vassar College and her PhD in 1973 from The Rockefeller University. At Rockefeller, she worked under the guidance of George A. Miller and her dissertation advisor William K. Estes. She was assistant professor and then associate professor at Yale University from 1973 to 1981. She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1981 as a tenured associate professor and has held the position of professor since 1984.

She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the APA, the American Psychological Society, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists. She served on the Governing Board and Publications Committee of the Psychonomic Society, on the Executive Committee and currently as president-elect of the APA Division 3 (Experimental Psychology), as chair of the Psychology Electorate of the AAAS, and as president of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association.

She has also served as associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition and as editor of Memory & Cognition. She is presently principal investigator of grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation and has a contract with the Army Research Institute, which has supported her research since 1986.

She has published over 150 articles and chapters in professional journals and books, is coauthor of the textbook Cognitive Processes (1986), and is the senior editor of five volumes: the two-volume Essays in Honor of William K. Estes (1992), Learning and Memory of Knowledge and Skills (1995), Foreign Language Learning (1998), and the Experimental Psychology volume in the Handbook of Psychology (2003).

Healy's research has focused on experimental cognitive psychology including learning, memory, reading, language, information processing, and decision making. Many of her recent studies explore principles to optimize the training, retention, and transfer of knowledge and skills. She has collaborated with numerous colleagues and students, most notably Lyle E. Bourne, Jr.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband Bruce, a noted cookbook author, and her 16-year-old daughter Charlotte.