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Handbook of the Psychology of Science

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  • Gregory Feist PhD
  • Michael Gorman PhD

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Highly recommended."--Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

This handbook is the definitive resource for scholars and students interested in how research and theory within each of the major domains of psychologyódevelopmental, cognitive, personality, and socialóhave been applied to understand the nature of scientific thought and behavior. Edited by two esteemed pioneers in the emerging discipline of the psychology of science, it is the first empirically based compendium of its time. The handbook provides a comprehensive examination of how scientific thinking is learned and evolves from infancy to adolescence and adulthood, and combines developmental and cognitive approaches to show the categorical similarities and differences in thinking between children, adolescents, adults, and scientists.

Chapters highlight the breadth and depth of psychological perspectives in the studies of science, from creativity and genius, gender, and conflict and cooperation, to postmodernism and psychobiography. A section on applications offers findings and ideas that can be put to use by educators, policymakers, and science administrators. Contributors examine the importance of mental models in solving difficult technical problems, and the significance of leadership and organizational structure in successful innovation. The final section of the book is devoted to the future of this new field, focusing on how to continue to develop a healthy psychology of science.

Key Features:

  • Presents the only empirically based compendium of current knowledge about the psychology of scientific thought and behavior
  • Edited by two pioneers in the discipline of psychology of science
  • Describes how scientific thinking is learned and changes throughout the life span
  • Addresses creativity and genius, gender, conflict and cooperation, postmodernism, and psychobiography
  • Covers applications of the psychology of science that can be used by educators, policymakers, and science administrators

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 14, 2012
  • Page Count 544
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106230
  • EISBN 9780826106247

Table of Contents 

Introduction & History

Chapter 1: Introduction: Another Brick in the Wall

Gregory J. Feist & Michael E. Gorman

Chapter 2: History of the Psychology of Science

Steve Fuller

Foundational Psychologies of Science

Chapter 3: Learning Science Through Inquiry

Corinne Zimmerman & Steve Croker

Chapter 4: Cognitive-Historical Approaches to the Understanding of Science

Ryan Tweney

Chapter 5: The Scientific Personality

Gregory Feist

Chapter 6: Scientific Communication in the Process to Coauthorship

Sofia Liberman & Kurt Bernardo Wolf

Development and Theory Change

Chapter 7: Scientific Reasoning: Explanation, Confirmation Bias, and Scientific Practice

Barabara Koslowski

Chapter 8: The Nature of Scientific Reasoning and its Neurological Substrate

Antwon Lawson

Chapter 9: Children as Scientific Thinkers

David Klahr, Bryan Matlen & Jamie Jirout

Special Topics

Chapter 10: Creative Genius in Science

Dean Simonton

Chapter 11: Gender and Science: Psychological Imperatives

Neelam Kumar

Chapter 12: Conflicts, Cooperation, and Competition in the Fields of Science and Technology

Anna Dorothea Schulze and Verena Seuffert

Chapter 13: Postmodernism and the Development of the Psychology of Science

Capaldi & Proctor

Chapter 14: Psychobiography and the Psychology of Science

William McKinley Runyan

Applied Psychologies of Science

Chapter 15: The Psychology of Technological Invention

Michael E. Gorman

Chapter 16: The Psychology of Research Groups: Creativity and Performance

Sven Hemlin & Lisa Olsson

Chapter 17: The Psychology of Human Research Participation

Anne Moyer

Chapter 18: Heuristics and Biases that Help and Hinder Scientists: Toward a

Psychology of Scientific Judgment and Decision Making

Joanne Kane & Gregory D. Webster

Chapter 19: The Psychology of Uncertainty in Scientific Data Analysis

Christian D. Schunn & J. Gregory Trafton

Past and Future of Psychology of Science

Chapter 20: Quantitative Trends in Establishing a Psychology of Science: A Review of the Metasciences

Gregory D. Webster

Chapter 21: Conclusions and the Future of the Psychology of Science

Michael E. Gorman & Gregory J. Feist

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