Cognitive psychology is concerned with the human mind from the perspective of an information processing system (also known as the cognitive or information-processing approach) and attempts to explore cognitive activities, such as perception, memory, thinking, language, and learning. In recent years, the cognitive approach has been extended to other areas of psychology including emotion or sociality. The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology (JSCP) is a professional community for psychologists who share these perspectives and work to understand cognitive activities.
As of June 2010, JSCP has over 800 members, holds an annual conference, publishes ‘The Japanese Journal of Cognitive Psychology’ twice per year, and financially supports four research workshops. In addition, JSCP presents a Creativity Award for creative research conducted within Japan, regardless of whether the researchers are JSCP members. The organization also bestows a number of Distinguished Presentation Awards for excellent presentations given at the annual conference.