The Information-Processing Approach to the Human Mind: Basics and Beyond

Daniel David, Mircea Miclea, Adrian Opre

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Cognitive psychology attempts to understand the nature of the human mind by using the information-processing approach. In this article, the fundamentals of the cognitive approach will be presented. It will be argued that the human mind can be described at three levels-computational, algorithmic-representational, and implementational- and that the cognitive approach has both important theoretical and practical/clinical implications. Finally, it will be suggested that the study of cognitive psychology can provide a foundation for other fields of social science, including the field of clinical psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-368
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive psychology
  • Human mind
  • Information-processing approach


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