Human Information Processing Achieves Handbook Status

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 355–357. Reviews the book, Handbook of Learning and Cognitive Processes, Vol. 5: Human Information Processing edited by W. K. Estes (see record 1979-32846-000). This handbook helps fortify the information-processing framework and makes transparent the highly important contributions of the productive union of formal theory and empirical research in the study of cognition. Although the chapters are independent contributions, the common information processing framework allows a highly pedagogical presentation of how psychological processes are studied. The author places the information-processing approach within the domain of the study of cognitive processing. The first three volumes in this series presented overviews of conditioning, discrimination, learning, motivation, verbal learning, and memory. The last three volumes can be characterized by a wide coverage of active research programs in perceptual and cognitive processes. As handbooks go, this series ranks at the top and this volume certainly provides the core cluster of theoretical ideas, concepts, and methods of contemporary research in cognition that the editor hoped to communicate. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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