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Cognition and Reality: Principles And Implications Of Cognitive


reviewed by Brenda Munsey-Mapel 1980

coverTitle: Cognition and Reality: Principles And Implications Of Cognitive
Author(s): Ulric Neisser
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Neisser's 1967 book, Cognitive Psychology, is a classic in the field. Its emphasis on the information-processing paradigm helped make it the dominant program in recent cognitive research. In his new book, Cognition and Reality, Neisser repudiates the information-processing paradigm he had helped to establish and attempts to define a new program for studying cognition. He now believes that experiments based on information-processing assumptions have had little relevance for understanding the complex cognitive tasks psychology is really interested in. The wide employment of such assumptions is said to have caused researchers to ignore ecologically important variables in favor of less valid but more easily managed ones. Most recent research, writes Neisser, makes use of "stimulus material that is abstract, discontinuous, and only marginally real," while neglecting "the spacial, temporal, and intermodel continuities of real objects and events." In Cognition and Reality, Neisser tries to redirect cognitive research by developing a cognitive... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 81 Number 3, 1980, p. 403-406
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1055, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 11:40:39 AM

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  • Brenda Munsey-Mapel
    University of Alabama, Birmingham
    Brenda Munsey-Mapel is associate professor in educational foundations, University of Alabama, Birmingham. Besides philosophy of psychology, her major interests are educational policy analysis and moral/social education. She recently edited Moral Development,Moral Education and Kohlberg: Basic Issues in Philosphy, Psychology, Religion and Education.
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