Exploring The Psychology Of Interest

Hardcover | April 13, 2006

byPaul J. Silvia

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Psychologists have always been interested in interest, and so modern research on interest can be found in nearly every area of the field: Researchers studying emotions, cognition, development, education, aesthetics, personality, motivation, and vocations have developed intriguing ideas aboutwhat interest is and how it works. Exploring the Psychology of Interest presents an integrated picture of how interest has been studied in all the wide-ranging areas of psychology. Using modern theories of cognition and emotion as an integrative framework, Paul Silvia examines the nature ofinterest, what makes things interesting, the role of interest in personality, and the development of peoples idiosyncratic interests, hobbies, and avocations. His examination reveals deep similarities between seemingly different fields of psychology and illustrates the profound importance ofinterest, curiosity, and intrinsic motivation for understanding why people do what they do. The most comprehensive work of its kind, Exploring the Psychology of Interest will be a valuable resource for student and professional researchers in cognitive, social, and developmental psychology.

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Psychologists have always been interested in interest, and so modern research on interest can be found in nearly every area of the field: Researchers studying emotions, cognition, development, education, aesthetics, personality, motivation, and vocations have developed intriguing ideas aboutwhat interest is and how it works. Exploring ...

Paul J. Silvia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research explores the emotion of interest, particularly what makes things interesting or boring. In his free time, he drinks coffee, pets Lia, his Bernese Mountain Dog, and writes books. He is always asked wh...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 5.98 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:April 13, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195158555

ISBN - 13:9780195158557

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Table of Contents

PrefaceTable of ContentsAcknowledgments1. IntroductionPART 1: Interest and Emotion2. Interest as an Emotion3. What is Interesting?4. Interest and LearningPART 2: Interests and Personality5. Interest, Personality, and Individual-Differences6. Interests and Motivational Development7. How do Interests Develop? Bridging Emotion and Personality8. Interests and Vocations9. Comparing Models of Interest10. Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking AheadReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index

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"Silvia has done a good critical job throughout in terms of demanding that researchers' models have sound theoretical basis...Ultimatley, this book is a pretty good breakdown of a very diverse literature."--Applied Cognitive Psychology