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Exploring the Psychology of Interest

ISBN-10: 0195158555

ISBN-13: 9780195158557

Edition: 2006

Authors: Paul 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 about what 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 of interest, 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 of interest, 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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Book details

List price: $71.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/13/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction
Interest and Emotion
Interest as an Emotion
What Is Interesting?
Interest and Learning
Interests and Personality
Interest, Personality, and Individual Differences
Interests and Motivational Development
How Do Interests Develop? Bridging Emotion and Personality
Interests and Vocations
Extensions and Conclusions
Comparing Models of Interest
Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
References
Author Index
Subject Index