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Culture and Cognition

A collection of critical essays

Shamsul Haque and Elizabeth Sheppard

The past few decades have seen a huge increase in global interest in psychology, with more psychologists, psychology programmes and students than ever before. Culture and Cognition: A collection of critical essays is made up of chapters written by experts in each topic, and is aimed at those wishing to learn more about psychology. While culture and cognition have frequently been regarded as separate areas of study in psychology, this book brings together essays on both of these topics as well as several that consider the direct interplay between culture and thinking.
Essays focus on a range of fascinating topics, such as how culture affects memory for events in our own lives or our perceptions of human attractiveness. Essays also address a diverse range of psychological phenomena like déjà-vu, savant abilities, non-suicidal self-injury, theory of mind, problem gambling and sleep disorders. Socio-cultural and professional issues specifically within the Asian context are also discussed.
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In recent years, interest in psychology has been growing worldwide. Globally, there has been a steady rise in the number of Universities offering degree courses in psychology. From our own marketing and recruitment activities we have observed that prospective students and their families have a serious interest in psychology, and many aspire to build a career as a practising or academic psychologist – but their knowledge of the subject is often rather limited. Moreover, some have misconceptions about what the discipline actually involves. Many people may also be unfamiliar with some of the exciting recent developments in psychological science, which have given rise to a greater variety of career options for psychology graduates than ever before.

This book of essays aims to meet the need of such individuals for up-to-date information about some selected areas of psychology, written in an accessible style but retaining a definite academic flavour. The individuals who contributed are all scholars who are active in research, and publishing in their respective fields. Many of them are relatively young, “up-and-coming” researchers whose work will shape the future of the discipline. This book comprises fourteen essays which have been carefully selected from the domain of cognitive and social psychology. The essays are split into three sections; the first section comprises four essays that show how socio-cultural factors influence cognition, the second contains six essays highlighting a number of basic cognitive processes, and the last section comprises four essays presenting various psycho-social and professional issues in...

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