23. Applied Cognitive Psychology

  1. Paul R. Martin2,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD3,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)4,
  4. Michael Kyrios5,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier6 and
  6. José M. Prieto7
  1. Alice F. Healy and
  2. Lyle E. Bourne Jr PhD

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch23

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Healy, A. F. and Bourne, L. E. (2011) Applied Cognitive Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 3

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 6

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 7

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • applied cognitive psychology - scope of applied cognitive psychology;
  • contemporary trends in applied cognitive psychology - three major categories, and order and complexity of processing;
  • attention and inattention - blindness, major modality for processing environmental input by human beings, or vision;
  • major everyday practical example - of potential applicability of research on inattention, as using of cell phones while driving a car;
  • stimulus–response compatibility - design of interfaces between users and electronic devices, consideration of compatibility between stimulus display and responses required of users;
  • multitasking, in everyday life - required to do more than one task at a time, multitasking being a skill;
  • training and skill acquisition - distinction made between general education;
  • higher mental processes - language comprehension, uniquely human cognitive system for communicating, in written and oral forms;
  • quantitative thinking, for common activities - balancing a checkbook, filling out a tax form, people having difficulty with calculations;
  • applicability of basic research in cognitive psychology - questions concerning stress, how stress interacts with cognition


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definition and Scope of Applied Cognitive Psychology

  • Contemporary Trends in Applied Cognitive Psychology

  • Challenges for the Future

  • Acknowledgment

  • References