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Neisser, Ulric (1967). Cognitive Psychology. Prentice Hall.

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  • Ulric Neisser coined the term "cognitive psychology" in his book Cognitive Psychology, published in 1967.[1] [2]
  • The term "cognition" refers to all processes by which the sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered, and used. It is concerned with these processes even when they operate in the absence of relevant stimulation, as in images and hallucinations... Given such a sweeping definition, it is apparent that cognition is involved in everything a human being might possibly do; that every psychological phenomenon is a cognitive phenomenon. But although cognitive psychology is concerned with all human activity rather than some fraction of it, the concern is from a particular point of view. Other viewpoints are equally legitimate and necessary. Dynamic psychology, which begins with motives rather than with sensory input, is a case in point. Instead of asking how a man's actions and experiences result from what he saw, remembered, or believed, the dynamic psychologist asks how they follow from the subject's goals, needs, or instincts. (as quoted in w: Cognitive psychology#History)

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  • Moore, Thomas Verner (1939). Cognitive Psychology. J. B. Lippincott Co. [^]
  • Moore, Thomas Verner (1924). Dynamic Psychology: An Introduction to Modern Psychological Theory and Practice. J. B. Lippincott Co. [^]

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  1. Note however that there was an earlier publication of the same name: Thomas Vener Moore's Cognitive Psychology, published in 1939. Neisser was not aware of that book when he chose his title (cf. Surprenant & Neath (1997), Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 4(3), 342-349.)
  2. Comment: Until Neisser formally declare that he was aware of neither Moore (1939) nor Moore (1924), it is more likely that he was aware of both, as he mentions not only "cognitive" but also "dynamic psychology" of Moore's titles. And his unawareness cannot help justly credit him with having coined "cognitive psychology" earlier than anyone else.