The Science of Interest

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Previously published in hardcover
Paul A. O'Keefe
410 g
233x146x22 mm

Covers perspectives on interest ranging from curiosity and situational interest to passion and obsession from key scholars in the field
Foreword: by Carol S. Dweck

Preface: Toward a Science of Interest by Paul A. O'Keefe and Judith M. Harackiewicz

Part I: Theories and Perspectives

Chapter 1: Interest: Knowns, Unknowns, and Basic Processes by Mary Ainely

Part II: The Functions of Interest


Chapter 2: The Dynamic Nature of Interest: Embedding Interest within Self-Regulation by Dustin B. Thoman, Carol Sansone, and Danielle Geerling


Chapter 3: Interest and Engagement by Paul A. O'Keefe

Chapter 4: The Role of Interest in Learning: Knowledge Acquisition at the Intersection of Situational and Individual Interest by Jerome I. Rotgans and Henk G. Schmidt

Part III: The Interest Spectrum

Chapter 5: Curiosity by Paul J. Silvia

Situational Interest

Chapter 6: Situational interest: A proposal to enhance conceptual clarity by Maximilian Knogler

Individual Interest

Chapter 7: The Power Within: How Individual Interest Promotes Domain-Relevant Task Engagement by Amanda M. Durik, Meghan Huntoon Lindeman, and Sarah L. Coley


Chapter 8: On the Two Faces of Passion: The Harmonious and the Obsessive by Robert J. Vallerand


Chapter 9: Creative Geniuses, Polymaths, Child Prodigies, and Autistic Savants:

The Ambivalent Function of Interests and Obsessions by Dean Keith Simonton
Part IV: The Promotion and Development of Interest

Promotion and Development

Chapter 10: The Promotion and Development of Interest: The Importance of Perceived Values by Chris S. Hulleman, Dustin B. Thoman, Anna-Lena Dicke, and Judith M. Harackiewicz

Social Processes

Chapter 11: How the Subjective Relationship between the Self, Others, and a Task Drives Interest by Allison Master, Luke P. Butler, and Gregory M. Walton

Epilogue:by Judith M. Harackiewicz and Paul A. O'Keefe
This exceptional volume analyzes the intricate roles interest plays in cognition, motivation and learning, and daily living, with a special focus on its development and maintenance across life domains. Leading experts discuss a spectrum of interest ranging from curiosity to obsession, and trace its functions in goal-setting, decision-making, self-regulation, and performance. New research refines the current knowledge on student interest in educational settings and the social contexts of interest, with insights into why interest levels change during engagement and in the long run. From these findings, contributors address ways to foster and nurture interest in the therapy room and the classroom, for optimum benefits throughout life.
Among the topics covered:

· Embedding interest within self-regulation.

· Knowledge acquisition at the intersection of situational and individual interest.

· The role of interest in motivation and engagement.

· The two faces of passion.

· Creative geniuses, polymaths, child prodigies, and autistic savants.

· The promotion and development of interest.

A robust guide to a fascinating area of study, The Science of Interest synthesizes the field's current knowledge of interest and indicates future directions. Its chapters contribute depth and rigor to this growing area of research, and will enhance the work of researchers in education, psychologists, social scientists, and public policymakers.