From the Back Cover
For students taking courses in educational psychology, introductory psychology, or study skills, as well as anyone interested in thinking, learning, and memory.
An engaging and conversational book about the basics of human thought and memory processes from a cognitive psychology perspective.
While covering the fundamentals of how our brains think, learn, and remember, Our Minds, Our Memories: Enhancing Thinking and Learning at All Ages also entertains the reader with a bright tone, engaging exercises, and thought-provoking examples. A textbook that doesn’t look or read like a textbook, this new first edition teaches students and non-students alike about thought and memory from the perspective of cognitive psychology, information processing, and constructivism.
Utilizing up-to-date educational psychology research, helpful visuals, and a conversational tone, Our Minds, Our Memories covers common misconceptions about learning and memory, reviews the basic anatomy of the brain and the human memory system, and explains why we forget much of what we experience. The book also helps readers acquire effective learning strategies and study habits for their own lives by exploring the subjects of critical thinking, mnemonics, metacognition, and problem solving. In order to help further their understanding of the material, each chapter includes exercises through which readers can see various aspects of cognition in their own thinking and learning.
- An engaging, conversational writing style makes complex concepts and principles of psychology more accessible, easier to understanding and fascinating even to non-psychologists.
- Numerous pedagogical exercises in which various thinking and learning phenomena are illustrated in action help readers understand and remember important principles as they study and learn.
- "Thinking Smart" and "Helping Others Think Smart" sections offer readers concrete suggestions for students and teachers to further their understanding of the text’s material.
- A trade book design and appearance is ideal for those who wish to learn the fundamentals of memory and thinking without the feel of studying a textbook.
- Use of chapter endnotes rather than APA style to document assertions and research findings make references more helpful and less distracting from the text.
- Eye-catching line drawings and other visuals capture reader interest and memorably illustrate some of the key concepts and principles described with art, clarity, and even humor.
About the Author
Jeanne Ellis Ormrod is the best-selling author of several engaging, readable textbooks in psychology, teacher education, child development, and research methods, including Human Learning (Prentice Hall, 2003), Educational Psychology (Prentice Hall, 2002), Essentials of Educational Psychology (Prentice Hall, 2005), Child Development in Education, and Practical Research (Prentice Hall, 2008). She is Professor Emerita of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.