Cognitive Psychology Term Paper

Cognitive Psychology
Looks at the development of cognitive psychology.
# 119497 | 935 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper first explains that, although cognitive psychology as a branch of psychology is relatively new, its roots lay in the ancient teachings of Aristotle, Socrates and Plato, who were fascinated with the origins of knowledge within a human mind. Next, the author continues to relate milestones of the development of cognitive psychology from the ideas of the philosophical empiricists to the invention of technologies such as PET and MRI. The paper stresses the importance of experimental observation in expanding the knowledge base of cognitive psychology.

Table of Contents:
Milestones in Cognitive Psychology
Importance of Observation

From the Paper:

"Behaviorism strove for objectivity and accuracy of the scientific methodology, rejecting any investigation of mental operations, such as language, memory, attention, learning and decision-making to name a few, stating them as abstract and more importantly impossible to observe, and therefore unscientific. For a good fifty years, behaviorism dominated a major theoretical stream in psychology; however, it could not stand its ground to the rising doubt in minds of innovative thinkers."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Willingham, D. T. (2007) Cognition: The Thinking Animal. (3rd Ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall
  • Pritchard, E. (2008). Development of Cognitive Psychology. Retrieved from

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