Cognitive Psychology: The Way We Were

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 860–861. Reviews the book, Cognitive Psychology by Allan G. Reynolds and Paul W. Flagg (1977). In a field that is changing as fast as cognitive psychology, it is difficult indeed to write a text that will be up to date when it appears in print. This book by Reynolds and Flagg is a typical case in point. The book is very good as far as it goes, but essentially it only goes up to 1974. Much of importance has happened since then. There are many things that the authors have done well. The book is very clear in many places, in laying out the criticisms of dual coding theory of imagery; in discussing the concept of depth of processing. The presentation is fair, reasonable, and clear. As an introductory textbook covering much of the central empirical literature, then, the work may serve as well as anything that is currently available. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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