The Cognitive Perspective – Introduction to Psychology: Theory and Practice


This notebook presents an introductory overview to the cognitive perspective on the psychology of human behaviour for social science students.

Benefit of this resource and how to make the best use of it

Whether you’re studying Piaget for the first time be it for psychology, sociology, anthropology, child development, social work, nursing or midwifery, this resource will help students and lecturers alike find their bearings. The resources was developed and expanded from an Introduction to Psychology Course lecture series.

Starting with an introduction to cognitive developmental theories of how babies reason, the overview then moves to discuss how children develop into better thinkers. Adult theories of cognition are subsequently outlined and critically evaluated.

A chronology of topics include: the rise of ‘this thing we call cognition’, Piaget’s theory of cognitive development and its evaluation, problem space theory, and theories of mental representation in adult thought examining, amongst other types of thinking and reasoning, deduction and induction and an evaluation of mental representation theories.

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This workbook takes the student on a conceptual journey aiding their understanding of what is meant by the quantitative-qualitative research process in contemporary legal empirical research. Although, of interest to social science students, the particular worked examples relate to how to do research on law, legal policy and review.

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