© 1982

Attention and Arousal

Cognition and Performance


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 1-7
  3. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 8-27
  4. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 28-46
  5. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 47-66
  6. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 67-94
  7. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 95-123
  8. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 124-155
  9. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 156-172
  10. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 173-186
  11. Michael W. Eysenck
    Pages 187-200
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 201-209

About this book


The thinker who has a mortal fear of being wrong will give all that is valuable in himself to that little ambition. Walter Lippmann (1914) Psychology has always been plagued by passing fads and fan­ cies to a greater extent than is seemly in a scientific discipline. Over the past few years the Zeitgeist can be summed up by the two words 'cognitive psychology'. Indeed, a recent poll of academic psychologists in American indicated that over 80% of them regarded themselves as cognitive psychologists! Cognitive psychology is in the ascendant, but it has never been clear to me that it has addressed all of the appropriate is­ sues. In particular, information processing in the real world (and even in the laboratory) occurs within a motivational and emotional context, but cognitive psychologists usually main­ tain the convenient fiction that cognition can fruitfully be stud­ ied in isolation. The main reason for writing this book was to at­ tempt to demonstrate that there can be a useful cross-fertiliza­ tion between cognitive and motivational-emotional psycholo­ gy and that there are already tantalizing glimpses of the poten­ tial advantages of such inter-disciplinary research. The ideas of Donald Broadbent and his associates have exer­ cised a formative influence during the writing of this book. They discovered some years ago that there are intriguing simi­ larities (as well as differences) in the effects on performance of such apparently quite disparate factors as white noise, time of day, introversion-extraversion and incentive.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBirkbeck College University of LondonLondonEngland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Attention and Arousal
  • Book Subtitle Cognition and Performance
  • Authors Michael Eysenck
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-11238-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-68392-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-68390-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 214
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
    Educational Psychology
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