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       The Cognitive Perspective

There are a number of psychology perspectives.  These
perspectives involve different explanations for human behavior.
One of these psychology perspectives is the cognitive perspective.
What is the cognitive perspective?  Below is one definition of the
cognitive perspective.

Cognitive Perspective Definition:

The cognitive perspective is concerned with understanding
mental processes such as memory, perception, thinking, and
problem solving, and how they may be related to behavior.

Cognitive Personality Theory:

A cognitive personality theory may explain individual differences
in behavior with respect to differences in the way people think
and process information.

Cognitive Perspective Example:

Imagine that a college student makes little effort to achieve good
grades in college courses.   One possible cognitive explanation for
this low achievement motivation is that the person has low
self-efficacy.  The person may believe that he or she does not
have the ability to achieve good grades, and thus the person
makes little effort.