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Introduction

Paul J. Silvia

in Exploring the Psychology of Interest

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195158557
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199786824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158557.003.0001

Series: Psychology of Human Motivation

Introduction

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Psychology has long been attracted to the study of interest, curiosity, and intrinsic motivation. Many areas of psychology have grappled with interest, particularly with why some things are interesting and how stable interests develop. The study of interest sorts into two fields: (1) interest as a part of emotional experience, curiosity, and momentary motivation (the study of “interest”); and (2) interest as a part of personality, motivation, and people's idiosyncratic hobbies, goals, and avocations (the study of “interests”). This chapter points out that interest and interests have been studied in diverse and isolated areas of psychology; this book's central goal is to bring these disparate areas of research together, using an emphasis on cognition and emotion. The chapter concludes by foreshadowing the chapters that follow.

Keywords: curiosity; emotion; personality; intrinsic motivation; hobbies; cognition

Chapter.  2989 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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