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Psychology of Science: Implicit and Explicit Processes

Robert W. Proctor and E.J. Capaldi


This book attempts to describe the influence of psychological processes on the creation of science. Although implicit processes have attracted some attention, most prior work in this area has emphasized the role of explicit reasoning in science. Contemporary research in psychology has tended to emphasize the importance of implicit processes in decision making and choice, and it has provided evidence that performance of many tasks involves a complex relationship between implicit and explicit processes. The book includes chapters from leaders in the emerging discipline of the psychology of scien ... More

Keywords: psychology of science, philosophy of science, implicit processes, explicit processes, sociology of science, thinking, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199753628
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert W. Proctor, author
Purdue University

E.J. Capaldi, author
Purdue University

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Part One Role of the Psychology of Science and its Methods

Part Two Agency and Reasoning in the Psychology of Science

Part Three Implicit and Explicit Processes in The Cognitive Psychology of Science

Part Four Psychological Perspectives: Influence on Science

Part Five Scientific Creativity

Part Six Unconventional Perspectives on The Conduct of Science

End Matter