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Exploring the Psychology of Interest

Paul J. Silvia


Psychologists have always been intrigued in interest, and 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. This book presents an integrated picture of how interest has been studied in all of the wide-ranging areas of psychology. Using modern theories of cognition and emotion as an integrative framework, it examines the nature of interest, what makes things interesting, the role of ... More

Keywords: curiosity, intrinsic motivation, emotion, personality, motivation, vocational interests, aesthetics, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195158557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul J. Silvia, author
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina