To the people who have posted: it's interesting how most of you associate cognitive psychology being utilized to assist clinical psychology and social psychology, because research from experimental psychology, often has the potential to yield data that can infant be used for clinical psychology, and/or psychiatry. Clinical and experimental are intertwined. It's up to people like me to make them more efficient, and concentrate on gather important findings, not biased bunk.
To the writer: very accurate description and definition of cognitive psychology. It is indeed a very multifaceted and diverse research field that will promise a yield in strengthening our understanding of cognition.
The term cognition or, the process of thought, has adapted a common use for describing many complex phenomena that occur in our electrochemical machines/computers (brains).
Cognitive psychology involves many broad theories like sociology, hence these broad theories describe complex phenomena and scientific methodologies in a simple manner.
Cognitive psychology is interested in understanding the brain mechanisms through many approaches, and one common one amongst cognitive psychologists is emotion.
Cognitive psychology yields important questions for Human factors psychologists all the way to neuroscientists.
How do emotions play a role in cognition and consciousness? How much cognitive resources do emotions take? How does this vary from individual?
Neuroanatomically, emotion is the process of certain hormones and neurotransmitter chemicals being released in specific area's on the brain such as the amygdala, PFC and even the parietal lobe because of sensory experience can influence emotion. The electrical synaptic connectivity of these parts of the brain can equate of neural firing efficiency, which in terms means intelligence.
Your cognitive architecture of the connectivity of various brain systems such as the limbic system, can be measured but how can your emotions, indicate the efficiency of your brain's neural circuitry
Emotional intelligence is emerging as a more salient attribute of cognitive psychology and even social psychology of course.
Emotional intelligence is the study how how people perceive, manage and act based on their emotions. There is interpersonal EI, which is ability to accurately understand and facilitate your own emotions and not let them affect performance, and intrapersonal EI, which is the ability to accurately perceive other's emotions.
Why is this EI construct important?
There are many reasons, one being that EI allows Neuroscientists and even cognitive psychologists and/or human factors psychologists, a greater glimpse of the difference between the human brain, and a computer. This opens up many doors of knowledge on the human information processing system and intelligence may be defined as which parts of the brain activate and deactivate with electrical conductivity and neurotransmitter chemicals, using Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology widely available.
This may yield secret knowledge that identifies not only where in the brain intelligence is located, but also how the neurotransmitter levels and the synapses connecting them.
I don't know everything, nor desire to acquire such prowess. Post with any questions, or worthy arguments you believe are necessary to bring to my attention.