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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.
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10 Interesting Human Memory Facts You Should Know
Man imagining
Aphantasia: When You Are Blind in Your Mind
Man With Strong Willpower
Willpower and the Psychology of Self-Control
Symptoms of confabulation
Confabulation: Definition, Examples, and Treatments
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7 Brain Exercises to Strengthen Your Mind
Reading a list with the Stroop effect
The Stroop Effect Is Naming the Color but Not the Word
dunning-kruger effect illustration
An Overview of the Dunning-Kruger Effect
Repression vs. suppression
Repression as a Defense Mechanism
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How to Prevent Your Brain From Shrinking as You Age
Anterograde amnesia
What Is Anterograde Amnesia?
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Sensory Memory Types and Experiments
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How the Status Quo Bias Affects Your Decisions
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What the Average IQ Is and What it Means
The conscious mind
Freud's Conscious and Unconscious Mind
Learning disabilities often come with a higher IQ.
What Is Considered a Genius IQ Score?
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What Does Intrinsic Motivation Mean?
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Acquisition in Classical Conditioning
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17 Ways to Develop Your Creativity
difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation
Differences Between Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation
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Positive and Negative Afterimages
A self-aware woman looking at her reflection.
What Is Self-Awareness and How Does It Develop?
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Latent Learning in Psychology and How It Works
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Mental Set and Seeing Solutions to Problems
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What Is General Intelligence (G Factor)?
Opponent process theory of color vision
The Opponent Process Theory of Color Vision
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The Color Psychology of Yellow
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What Is Cognitive Bias?
Explicit and Implicit Memory
Implicit and Explicit Long-Term Memory
cognitive dissonance
What Is Cognitive Dissonance?
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Overjustification Effect and Motivation
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Genetic and Environmental Influences on Intelligence
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How Long-Term Memory Retrieval Works
A brain maze representing a heuristic or mental shortcut
Heuristics and Cognitive Biases
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Kolb's Theory of Learning Styles
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Figure-Ground Perception in Psychology
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Iconic Memory and Visual Stimuli
Woman looking through photo album
Episodic Memories and Your Experiences
States of Consciousness
What Are the Different States of Consciousness?
A high IQ child
Are People With High IQs More Successful?
selective attention
How Selective Attention Works
Kinesthesis during baseball
Kinesthesis and Physically Active Learning
Attention focused on a smart phone
How Psychologists Define Attention
Multiple types of intelligence
What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?
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How the Chunking Technique Can Help Improve Your Memory
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Memory Tips That Will Boost Your Brain Power
Three multi-ethnic senior men sitting on bench talking
Cognitive Biases: 10 Common Types of Bias
Stress
5 Surprising Ways That Stress Affects Your Brain
The Negative Photo Illusion example
How the Negative Photo Illusion Works
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Color Psychology: Does It Affect How You Feel?
Are You Left Brain or Right Brain Dominant?
Left Brain vs. Right Brain Dominance
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Understanding Accommodation in Psychology
Perceptual organization
Gestalt Laws of Perceptual Organization
Woman smelling bouquet of flowers
What Is Perception?
IQ scores
What Is an IQ Test?
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Hindsight Bias in Beliefs and Behaviors
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Fluid Intelligence vs. Crystallized Intelligence
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How People's Prejudices Develop
Boy yelling next to brick wall
The Schachter-Singer Two-Factor Theory of Emotion
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Understanding the Trichromatic Theory of Color Vision
Theories of emotion
Overview of the 6 Major Theories of Emotion