The purpose of this blog is to comment on three very broad topics in psychological research:
- psychology of expertise
- psychology of judgement and decision making
- general approaches to psychology
While conducting my research with expert chess players I realise that the Economics Nobel laureate and pioneer cognitive scientist, Herbert Simon, used his expertise research as an excuse to investigate how people make decisions. Therefore psychology of expertise and psychology of judgement and decision making are strongly connected.
At the same time, because chess as a research environment could be used to investigate almost every cognitive process, I was interested in general approaches to psychology. (Another great cognitive scientist, Allen Newell, who worked with Simon, made a call for the development of Unified Theories of Cognition (UTC), instead of micro-specific models of cognitive processing.) Again, the field of psychology of expertise is also strongly connected to general approaches to psychology.
Well, it is not fair to say that I came to this realisations on my own. My PhD supervisor, Fernand Gobet, co-authored several influential articles in expertise with Herbert Simon. So, a lot of my ideas are influenced by him.
I hope you enjoy this blog...