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Exploring the Psychology of Interest

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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 a ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Aleksandr
A fine overview of psychological theories of interest (as of 2006). Non-technical and rather brief. Unfortunately, the field is so undeveloped (well, since 100 years of psychological science), that you will get almost no real-life insights into how to develop and keep interest in something.
Kadri
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Now I have a better grasp on what and why might be interesting. Since that was my whole goal for reading this book, I'd say it fulfilled it's purpose quite nicely.

In this book Silvia looks more closely at the idea of interest as an emotion that might arise in case of enjoyable and complex situations with a potential to gain information that can be understood. In other parts the author brings forth theories about what makes some texts more interesting and what are vocational interests, how they c
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Devrim Ozdemir
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was a nice collection of articles focusing on the concept of interest. I have cited this book in my dissertation.
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