cognitive psy

While Ulric Neisser is usually credited with coining the term cognitive psychology in his book Cognitive Psychology published in 1967, the so-called cognitive revolution in psychology had been developing since the 1950s. Noam Chomsky’s critique of the behaviorist approach to language (Chomsky, 1959) and Donald Broadbent’s seminal Perception and Communication (1958) were already challenging the behaviorist orthodoxy that had determined what material was acceptable for the field of psychology to study throughout the middle part of the twentieth century. Cognitive psychology’s influence grew throughout the 1960s and 1970s as it drew on the growing fields of computer science and neuroscience to develop more powerful and persuasive explanations of cognitive phenomena. And in the 1980s and 1990s, the growth of positive psychology and the therapeutic approach of cognitive-behavior therapy moved the field of cognitive psychology to include the role of affect in its understanding of cognitive processes.
However, cognitive-affective psychology is not just a product of the twentieth century. In fact, it can trace its roots back to ancient Greek thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle; through the works of philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, and Hume; and through the works of neuroscientists such as Broca and Lashley as well as the influence of giants of psychology such as Sigmund Freud and William James.
Using the material from your text, relevant supplemental readings, and outside sources, trace the development of cognitive-affective psychology from its origins in Greek thought through developments in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Please cite all sources properly using APA format. If you wish, you may also use the Mind Map Animation media element and the Knowledge Web Web site to help you develop a graphical representation of the development of cognitive-affective psychology and the interrelationships among the disciplines contributing to it. If you choose to do this, please attach your mind map to your post so that your fellow learners and instructor can see it.
Broadbent, D. (1958). Perception and communication. New York, NY: Pergamon Press.
Chomsky, N. (1959). A review of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior. Language, 35(1), 26–58.
Neisser, U. (1967). Cognitive psychology. New York, NY: Meredith.


Your text discusses seven underlying themes that guide the study of cognitive-affective psychology:
•    Nature versus nurture.(chosen topic)
•    Rationalism versus empiricism.
•    Structures versus processes.
•    Domain generality versus domain specificity.
•    Validity of causal inferences versus ecological validity.
•    Applied versus basic research.
•    Biological versus behavioral methods (Sternberg & Sternberg, 2012, pp. 36–38).
Select a topic that is of interest to you. The topic must be relevant to cognitive-affective psychology. Next, describe how that topic is relevant to three of Sternberg and Sternberg’s themes.
In your response, describe the thesis, antithesis, and synthesis that represent your topic. Examples of cognitive-affective psychology course are included at the end of each text chapter. These example themes can guide your work; however, you must select an original example for your response.
An outline of your submission might look something like this:
Your Topic
Key Theme 1: Thesis/Antithesis Synthesis
Key Theme 2: Thesis/Antithesis Synthesis
Key Theme 3: Thesis/Antithesis Synthesis
For this discussion:
•    Refer to and integrate ideas presented in your text as well as any supplemental readings.
•    Cite three outside resources.
•    Follow APA sixth edition style guidelines.
You will be evaluated on how well you can demonstrate your understanding of the ideas presented throughout the unit, including assigned readings, discussions, and independent investigations. You will also be evaluated on the quality of your work—its academic rigor, how well it shows your ability to think critically, and how thoroughly it addresses the questions.

Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2012). Cognitive psychology (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

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