The Primary Goals of ISPST are to:
- Encourage and promote research and publication in the field of psychology of science and technology (PST) defined both broadly and narrowly:
- Narrowly defined, the field refers to thought and behavior of professional scientists, technologists, inventors, and mathematicians.
- Broadly defined, the field refers to thought and behavior of any person or people (present or past) of any age (from infants to the elderly) engaged in theory construction, learning scientific or mathematical concepts, model building, hypothesis testing, scientific reasoning, problem finding or solving, or creating or working on technology.
- Every major specialized perspective from psychology is welcome, including but not limited to: neuroscience, development, cognition, personality, motivation, social, industrial/organizational, and clinical. Science education is also a welcome perspective
- Facilitate the exchange of information and experience among its members;
- Encourage psychologists to engage with the wider issues of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and History and Philosophy of Science (HPS);
- Promote the development of new professional opportunities; and
- Promote the application of psychology to the study of thought and behavior in science and technology as a means of promoting human welfare by conducting
- Research on the psychology of science and technology has the potential to inform policy, education, and business in selecting, recruiting, training, teaching, and hiring scientific and technological students and personnel.
- Research aimed at furthering our understanding of recruiting, recognizing, and retaining scientific talent shall therefore be a priority.
- Toward this end, the Society shall foster interdisciplinary collaborations and research with educators, government agencies, business leaders, and scientists themselves.