Cognition & Reality

About Ulric Neisser’s Book

Various events recently made me realize that I can contribute through a blog about cognitive psychology. Such a blog would be uninteresting if it were not about how principles from psychology apply to the real world. I have therefore decided to name it after the title of Ulric Neisser’s 1976 book, Cognition and Reality, originally published by W.H. Freeman, and now out of print.

I imagine that many of those who, like me, went to graduate school in psychology during the late 1970s and early 1980s, still have a paperback copy of the book, with its blue and white cover. I once found it on sale at The Bodhi Tree, LA’s great New Age bookstore; whoever did the buying for the store must have thought it was about a more exotic topic than experimental psychology. Indeed, there is something mysterious and enticing about Neisser’s prose, and my first reading of the book, when I was an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, finalized my decision to seek a graduate education in cognitive psychology. All of this by way of honoring Ulric Neisser, thanking him for his influence on me, and apologizing for stealing his title.

1 Comment »

  1. I just read that book for my prelims. Amazing work.

    Comment by Zach Shipstead — Tuesday, 23 November 2010 @ 6:51 am | Reply


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