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.