A Note from the President
Welcome to an exciting time in the history of a new discipline! A new field has been founded in the studies of science—the International Society for the Psychology of Science & Technology (ISPST) along with its newly established Journal of Psychology of Science & Technology soon to be published as an e-journal on our website - and previously published by Springer Publishing. The society gives voice and organization to a diverse group of psychological scholars of scientific and technological thought and behavior from around the world. A psychological perspective is not only a welcome addition to the well-established studies of science—history, philosophy, and sociology—but it is a necessary perspective if we are to more fully understand science and technology at both the individual and group level.
Our intended audience includes psychologists and other scholars who study any form of scientific or technological thought or behavior, with the understanding that scientific thought and behavior are defined both narrowly and broadly. Narrowly defined, the field refers to thought and behavior of professional scientists and technologists. Broadly defined, the field includes thought and behavior of any person or people (past or present) of any age (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. Indeed, mathematical, engineering, and invention activities are included as well.
Moreover, every major perspective from psychology is welcome, including but not limited to: neuroscience, development, cognition, personality, motivation, social, industrial/organizational, clinical, and educational psychology (especially science education).
As stated more fully in our mission statement (see link above), the primary aim of ISPST is to coordinate and encourage research on the psychology of science and technology. A secondary aim is to promote the application of psychology to the broader social and educational understanding of scientific and technological thought and behavior, such as the recognition, recruitment, and recognition of scientific talent or how scientific concepts are best taught and learned. Psychologists of science now know too much about the nature of scientific thinking and reasoning, the developmental origins of theory construction, the nature of scientific personality, talent, and creativity for there not to be one place to gather and to identify with like-minded scholars. ISPST is that place. I hope you will join us in our endeavor to better understand science and technology, and be inspired to make your own contributions to this new and exciting study of science — psychology.
Welcome, Greg Feist
email: greg.feist AT sjsu.edu