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.