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Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive psychology is an area that looks at "interior" states including thought, motivation, attention, problem-solving and decision-making. Explore some of the different topics of interest within the field of cognitive psychology.
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  2. Intelligence (13)
  3. Problem-Solving (8)
  4. Biopsychology (64)

What Is Cognitive Psychology?
Cognitive psychology is a relatively young branch of psychology that became a major force during the "cognitive revolution" of the 1960s and 1970s. Rather than focusing on things like reinforcement or the unconscious, cognitive psychologists are interested in topics such as information processing and memory.

Careers in Cognitive Psychology
If you enjoy studying topics such as problem-solving, decision-making, memory, and attention, then you might want to think about a career as a cognitive psychologists. What exactly do these professionals do? Where do they work? How much do they earn? Check out this brief profile to learn more.

What Is Attention?
Attention is a major topic of interest within cognitive psychology. It involves the way we attend to and process information in our current surroundings. Learn more about how attention impacts how we think and interact with the world around us.

The Right Brain vs Left Brain Myth
Are people really left-brained or right-brained? Learn more about the truth about left-brain, right-brain dominance.

What Is Change Blindness?
Would it alarm you to learn that big changes often happen around you and you never even notice? This is what psychologists refer to as change blindness. Learn more about what it is and why it happens.

Multitasking
Do you ever try to do more than one thing at a time in order to be more productive? While you might feel like you are getting more done, researchers have actually found that multitasking can actually reduce your productivity.

What Is Cognitive Dissonance?
The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs. When there is a discrepancy between beliefs for behaviors, something must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.

Does Making Decisions Hurt Productivity?
Research has shown that when people are faced with many choices, they have a much more difficult time making a decision. Learn more about new research suggesting that making decisions may have a negative effect on productivity.

Impact of Age and Mood on Information Processing
A new study published in the journal Psychology and Aging suggests than information processing may be impacted by age and mood. Learn more about this study and find links to further reading.

What Is Choice Blindness?
Do you always get what you've asked for? Turns out, even when you don't get what you want you probably don't even notice. Learn more about how your brain fools you.

What Is an Attentional Bias?
Attentional biases can cause people to ignore important information and can influence the decision-making process. Learn more about attentional biases and the impact they can have...

What Is Self-Awareness?
Self-awareness is one of the first parts of self-concept to develop and plays a central role in who we are. Learn more about when and how self-awareness forms...

Cognitive-Training Can Result in Long-Term Improvement, Study Suggests
Does brain training really help preserve cognitive abilities as we age? According to the results of one study, such training can have long-term benefits. Learn more...

What Is a Confirmation Bias?
Confirmation biases can prevent us from considering important information when making decisions. Learn more about how the confirmation bias works.

What Is the Self-Serving Bias?
The self-serving bias is a common type of cognitive bias. Discover how this bias works and explore some real-world examples.

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