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Exploring the Psychology of Interest$
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Paul J. Silvia

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158557.001.0001

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Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

(p.201) 9 Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Exploring the Psychology of Interest

Paul J. Silvia

Oxford University Press

Given the large body of research, psychology's curiosity in interest is clearly flourishing. This concluding chapter reviews the major themes in the psychology of interest and suggests productive directions for future research. Some themes include the functional value of interest in learning and motivation, the usefulness of emotion theories for understanding what interest is and how it works, and the emerging role of cognitive processes in explaining the origins of stable interests. For future research, psychologists should bring together the diverse bodies of work on interest. Suggestions for research are given for intersecting research on emotion, learning, reading, personality, aesthetics, vocational interests, and the development of interests.

Keywords:   emotion, personality, motivation, vocational interests, learning, reading

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