Originally published in 1962, the problems of cognition dealt with in this book include learning, perception, thinking, memory and linguistic behaviour.

It is not a textbook in the ordinary sense, since it presents a particular approach to the subject through experimental psychology, and also, to some extent, through philosophy, cybernetics and logic. A brief mention is made of ethological and physiological matters.

It argues that cognition is a stepping-stone to integration with allied sciences. A large-scale study of the organism-as-a-whole needs to be supplemented by other biological and logical studies, but preparatory to this, cognitive psychologists must try and discover more rigorous ways of presenting their theories and models, since the mode of communicating an idea can never be wholly separated from that idea.

Furthermore cognition, even at the organism-as-a-whole level, needs to broaden out and link up with social studies and studies in personality and individual difference.

This book, pointed to a new direction that psychology should take; without contributing greatly to existing knowledge in the obvious sense, it suggests new methods and new ways of regarding the existing knowledge at the time.

chapter 1|13 pages

The Nature of Cognition

chapter 2|13 pages

Definitions in Cognition

chapter 3|19 pages

The Conditioned Response

chapter 4|21 pages

Learning and Theories of Learning

chapter 5|26 pages

Hull's Theory of Learning

chapter 6|20 pages

Tolman's Theory of Learning

chapter 7|18 pages

Philosophy, Introspection and Cognition

chapter 8|10 pages

Psychological Theory of Perception

chapter 9|9 pages

Gestalt Theory

chapter 10|13 pages

Empiricism and Trans Actionalism

chapter 11|13 pages

Ethology and Cognition

chapter 12|22 pages

A Theory Language for Cognition

chapter 13|24 pages

Cybernetics and Cognition

chapter 14|19 pages

Cognition and Programming a Computer

chapter 15|7 pages


chapter 16|14 pages


chapter 17|14 pages


chapter 18|10 pages

In Summary