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Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive psychology explores the branch of mental science that deals with motivation, problem-solving, decision-making, thinking, learning, memory, and attention.
Boy struggling to remember
How Does the Recency Effect Influence Memory?
Ways to improve your memory
Proven Techniques That Really Work to Improve Your Memory
Man imagining
Aphantasia: When You Are Blind in Your Mind
Woman listening music bending on street
More Willpower in Your Life Could Make You More Successful
Symptoms of confabulation
Examples of Confabulation in Psychology
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How You Can Strengthen Your Brain With Exercises
Yellow red green stroop effect test
How the Stroop Effect Works
The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They Are Superior
Repression vs. suppression
How Does Repression Work in Our Unconscious Mind?
Smiling senior women walking in a sunny park
How to Prevent Your Brain From Shrinking as You Age
Anterograde amnesia
Anterograde Amnesia Makes It Impossible to Remember New Things
Brunette woman wearing swimsuit smiles and wades in the ocean at sunset
How Long Do Sensory Memories Last?
Hispanic woman looking at restaurant menu
How the Status Quo Bias Influences the Decisions You Make
average iq chart
Is Your IQ Score Above Average?
The conscious mind
The Structure and Levels of the Mind According to Freud
Learning disabilities often come with a higher IQ.
Do You Have a Genius IQ Score?
Happy female runner holding water bottle
Understanding Intrinsic Motivation
Training dog
How New Behaviors Are Acquired by Using Acquisition
Woman sitting on a bench in front of chalk mural
17 Fun Ways to Boost Your Creativity
difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation
Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation: What's the Difference?
An eye seeing an afterimage
Why Do People Experience Afterimages as an Optical Illusion?
A self-aware woman looking at her reflection.
Self-Awareness: How It Develops and Why It Matters
two elementary school girls using tablet in classroom
How Latent Learning Works (Even When It's Not Obviously Working)
Male student with hands on his head in classroom
How Do Mental Sets Impact Your Ability to Solve Problems?
illustration of woman in the middle of components of general intelligence
What Is General Intelligence (G Factor)?
Opponent process theory of color vision
How the Opponent Process Theory Explains How We See Color
Close up of yellow flower petals
The Impact of the Color Yellow on Your Mood
Aerial view of Pacific Islander woman running in parking lot
How Cognitive Biases Influence How You Think and Act
Explicit and Implicit Memory
What's the Difference Between Implicit and Explicit Memory?
cognitive dissonance
Cognitive Dissonance and Ways to Resolve It
Two female friends cheering
Why Does the Overjustification Effect Reduce Intrinsic Motivation?
two asian children playing chess at a table outside
Genetic and Environmental Factors Influence Intelligence
Woman brainstorming while looking at notes on office wall
How Information Retrieval From Memory Works
A brain maze representing a heuristic or mental shortcut
How Heuristics Help You Make Quick Decisions
Students making notes at picnic table while adult woman looks on
How David Kolb's Theory of Learning Styles Differs From Carl Jung's
Vases and figures optical illusion
How Figure-Ground Perception Helps Us Distinguish Scenes
closeup of an eye
How Your Iconic Memory Acts as Your Mind's Eye
Woman looking through photo album
How Episodic Memory Helps You Remember Events
States of Consciousness
What Are Some of the Different States of Consciousness?
A high IQ child
Do People With High IQ Enjoy Greater Success?
selective attention
How We Use Selective Attention to Filter Information and Focus
Kinesthesis during baseball
What Is Kinesthesis?
Attention focused on a smart phone
What Attention Means in Psychology
Multiple types of intelligence
What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?
woman holding a shopping list at the grovery store
How the Chunking Technique Can Help Improve Your Memory
women chewing gum
Memory Tips That Will Boost Your Brain Power
Three multi-ethnic senior men sitting on bench talking
Types of Cognitive Biases That Distort How You Think
5 Surprising Ways That Stress Affects Your Brain
The Negative Photo Illusion example
What Is the Negative Picture Illusion?
People passing colorful LED illuminated facade
Can Color Affect Your Mood and Behavior?
Are You Left Brain or Right Brain Dominant?
Left Brain vs. Right Brain Dominance
young girl reading and writing
The Role of Accommodation in How We Learn New Information
gestalt laws of perceptual organization
Gestalt Laws of Perceptual Organization and Our Perception of the World
Woman smelling bouquet of flowers
How Does Perception Work?
IQ scores
How Are IQ Scores Interpreted?
Man and woman holding hands and looking over their shoulders on a sunny day
How Hindsight Bias Affects How We View the Past
girl lighted with colorful code
What Are Fluid Intelligence and Crystallized Intelligence?
Child in a wheel chair looking at a group of boys in the distance
The Psychology Behind People's Prejudices
Boy yelling next to brick wall
The Two-Factor Theory Explains the Key Components of Emotions
Close up of woman's eye
The Early Theory That Explains How We Perceive Color