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.
Left Brain vs Right Brain
Have you ever heard people refer themselves as left-brain dominant or right brain-dominant? It's a concept that has become very popular in recent years. While rooted in some research about how the brain works, experts suggest that the idea that we are either right or left brained is really nothing more than a myth.
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.
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.
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.