First published in 1967, this seminal volume by Ulric Neisser was the first attempt at a comprehensive and accessible survey of Cognitive Psychology; as such, it provided the field with its first true textbook.

Its chapters are organized so that they began with stimulus information that came 'inward' through the organs of sense, through its many transformations and reconstructions, and finally through to its eventual use in thought and memory.

The volume inspired numerous students enter the field of cognitive psychology and some of the today's leading and most respected cognitive psychologists cite Neisser's book as the reason they embarked on their careers.

part 1|11 pages


chapter 1|9 pages

The Cognitive Approach

part 2|149 pages

Visual Cognition

chapter 2|29 pages

Iconic Storage and Verbal Coding

chapter 3|38 pages

Pattern Recognition

chapter 4|17 pages

Focal Attention and Figural Synthesis

chapter 5|31 pages

Words as Visual Patterns

chapter 6|32 pages

Visual Memory

part 3|99 pages

Auditory Cognition

chapter 7|24 pages

Speech Perception

chapter 8|19 pages

Echoic Memory and Auditory Attention

chapter 9|23 pages

Active Verbal Memory

chapter 10|31 pages


part 4|28 pages

The Higher Mental Processes

chapter 11|26 pages

A Cognitive Approach to Memory and Thought