The Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind
By (author) Gregory J. Feist
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Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind by Gregory J. Feist
Book DescriptionIn this book, Gregory Feist reviews and consolidates the scattered literatures on the psychology of science, then calls for the establishment of the field as a unique discipline. He offers the most comprehensive perspective yet on how science came to be possible in our species and on the important role of psychological forces in an individual's development of scientific interest, talent, and creativity. Without a psychological perspective, Feist argues, we cannot fully understand the development of scientific thinking or scientific genius. The author explores the major subdisciplines within psychology as well as allied areas, including biological neuroscience and developmental, cognitive, personality, and social psychology, to show how each sheds light on how scientific thinking, interest, and talent arise. He assesses which elements of scientific thinking have their origin in evolved mental mechanisms and considers how humans may have developed the highly sophisticated scientific fields we know today. In his fascinating and authoritative book, Feist deals thoughtfully with the mysteries of the human mind and convincingly argues that the creation of the psychology of science as a distinct discipline is essential to deeper understanding of human thought processes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300143270
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gregory J. Feist
Psychology: Perspectives and Connections, Hardback (November 2014)
Students often think they already "know" psychology. They sometimes think "psychology is just common sense." This title intends to demonstrate the importance of challenging assumptions and experiences - whether as a student or as a researcher - to understand that no one perspective tells the whole story.
Theories of Personality, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by Gregory J. Feist
Focusing on the premise that personality theories are a reflection of the unique cultural background, family experiences, personalities, and professional training of their originators, this book begins by acquainting students with the meaning of personality and providing them with a foundation for understanding the nature of theory.
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Author Biography - Gregory J. Feist
Gregory J. Feist is associate professor, San Jose State University. He is founding president of the International Society for the Psychology of Science & Technology as well as founding editor-in-chief of Journal of Psychology of Science & Technology. He is the author of Theories of Personality and the forthcoming Introduction to Psychology.
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