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Science as Psychology: Sense-Making and Identity in Science Practice

Science as Psychology: Sense-Making and Identity in Science Practice

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Lisa M. Osbeck PhD, Nancy J. Nersessian PhD, Kareen R. Malone PhD, Wendy C. Newstetter
Cambridge University Press, 11/22/2010
EAN 9780521882071, ISBN10: 0521882079

Hardcover, 288 pages, 23.5 x 16 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

Science as Psychology reveals the complexity and richness of rationality by demonstrating how social relationships, emotion, culture, and identity are implicated in the problem-solving practices of laboratory scientists. In this study, the authors gather and analyze interview and observational data from innovation-focused laboratories in the engineering sciences to show how the complex practices of laboratory research scientists provide rich psychological insights, and how a better understanding of science practice facilitates understanding of human beings more generally. The study focuses not on dismantling the rational core of scientific practice, but on illustrating how social, personal, and cognitive processes are intricately woven together in scientific thinking. The book is thus a contribution to science studies, the psychology of science, and general psychology.

1. Introduction
science and persons
2. Methods of study
3. The problem-solving person
4. The feeling person
5. The positioning person
6. The person negotiating cultural identities
7. The learning person
8. Epilogue
science as psychology
a tacit tradition and its implications.