The practical benefits of cognitive psychology

Richardson, John T. E. (1989). The practical benefits of cognitive psychology. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 1(1) pp. 27–46.



The practical applications of cognitive psychology lie in providing new vocabularies for describing empirical phenomena, new descriptions and explanations of those phenomena, and programmes of action for professional workers. Research into errors in skilled behaviour, the amnesic syndrome, acquired reading disorders, and imagery mnemonics provides examples of these potential applications. While there are fundamental problems with regard to the procedures, the evidence and the subjects involved, research in cognitive psychology has many potential benefits and will itself benefit from such applications.

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