Cognitive Psychology - Overview

  • Created by: Megan
  • Created on: 01-05-13 19:17

Cognitive psychology assumes that information that we receive is processed by the brain, and that this dictates our behaviour and the choices that we make - or at least partly justifies this behaviour.

Computer analogy - our mind is the computer, and cognitive psychology studies how the brain inputs, stores and outputs information. (This is a simplified analogy, and ignores other factors.)

3 core studies use a cognitive approach:

  • Loftus and Palmer (eye witness testimonies)
  • Baron-Cohen et al (autism and theory of


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