Based on the proceedings of the twelfth biennial conference on life-span developmental psychology, most of the contributions in this volume deal with the mechanisms of everyday cognition. However, a broad spectrum of additional concerns is addressed within the domain of everyday cognition: its metatheoretical underpinnings, theory and theoretical issues, methods of investigation, empirical considerations, and social issues and applications.

Addressing everyday cognition in infancy, childhood, adolescence, young and middle adulthood, and old age, this book is consistent with the chronological life-span theme of this series. The contributors collectively discuss some of the traditional concerns of life-span psychology: the dialectical nature of everyday cognition, individual differences, and contextual influences. Leading and concluding chapters provide overview, integration, and summary. In bringing together a wide array of age periods and points of view within the domain of everyday cognition, the editors hope that students and researchers in developmental psychology and cognitive science will find a useful cross-fertilization of ideas.

A huge variety of theoretical perspectives is presented ranging from the position that everyday cognition and academic (laboratory) cognition are different manifestations of the same underlying processes to the position that the underlying processes are completely separate. Also of importance, a large assortment of research methods is illustrated including interviews, laboratory simulations, real-life observations and psychometric methods.

part I|16 pages

Introduction and Overview

chapter 1|14 pages

An Integration of Life-Span Research in Everyday Cognition: Four Issues

ByJames M. Puckett, Hayne W. Reese, Leslee K. Pollina

part II|54 pages

Taxonomy and Methodology in Everyday Cognition

chapter 2|14 pages

What is Everyday Cognition?

ByLeonard W. Poon, Deborah J. Welke, William N. Dudley

chapter 3|21 pages

Everyday Cognition: Taxonomic and Methodological Considerations

BySherry L. Willis, K. Warner Schaie

chapter 4|16 pages

Memory in the Laboratory and Everyday Memory: The Case for Both

ByEugene Winograd

part III|43 pages

Theory and Metatheory for Life-Span Everyday Cognition

chapter 6|19 pages

Everyday Reasoning and the Revision of Belief

ByMichael Chapman

part IV|113 pages

Everyday Cognition Across the Life Span

chapter 7|20 pages

The Contextual Nature of Earliest Memories

ByStephen J. Ceci, Helene Hembrooke

chapter 8|17 pages

PIFS: Everyday Cognition Goes to School

ByJoseph Walters, Tina Blythe, Noel White

chapter 9|21 pages

Adolescents’ Thinking About Emotions and Risk-Taking

ByAlexander W. Siegel, Paula Cuccaro, Jeffrey T. Parsons, Julie Wall, Armin D. Weinberg

chapter 10|27 pages

Multiple Mechanisms Mediate Individual Differences in Eyewitness Accuracy and Suggestibility

ByJonathan W. Schooler, Elizabeth F. Loftus

chapter 11|23 pages

Practical Intelligence: The Nature and Role of Tacit Knowledge in Work and at School

ByRobert J. Sternberg, Richard K. Wagner, Lynn Okagaki

part V|16 pages

Summary and Integration

chapter 12|14 pages

A Survey of Research in Everyday Cognition: Ten Views

ByJames M. Puckett, Leslee K. Pollina, Joseph S. Laipple, Ruth H. Tunick, Frank H. Jurden