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Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind

Author: Gregory J Feist
Publisher: Yale University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 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 individuals development of scientific interest, talent, and creativity. Without a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory J Feist
ISBN: 030011074X 9780300110746
OCLC Number: 952732266
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Part One. Psychology of Science --
Chapter 1. Psychology of Science and the Studies of Science --
Chapter 2. Biological Psychology of Science --
Chapter 3. Developmental Psychology of Science --
Chapter 4. Cognitive Psychology of Science --
Chapter 5. Personality Psychology of Science --
Chapter 6. Social Psychology of Science --
Chapter 7. The Applications and Future of Psychology of Science --
Part Two. Origins and Future of the Scientific Mind --
Chapter 8. Evolution of the Human Mind --
Chapter 9. Origins of the Scientific Thinking --
Chapter 10. Science, Pseudoscience, and Antiscience --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index
Responsibility: Feist, Gregory J.
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In 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 individuals 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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