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Overview of the International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology (ISPST)

In 2008, ISPST launched the world’s only peer-reviewed publication outlet for research, theory, review, and commentary focused on the psychology of science and technology.

By Gregory Feist

The International Society for the Psychology of Science (ISPST) was founded and begun in 2007 and is the first scientific society devoted to the psychology of science. Gregory Feist (San Jose State University) is its President and Michael Gorman (University of Virginia), Sofia Liberman (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and Dean Simonton (University of California, Davis) are members-at-large. David Gooding (University of Bath) is its secretary and Christine Charyton (The Ohio State University—Newark) is its treasurer. The purpose of ISPST is:

  1. To encourage and promote research and publication in the field of psychology of science and, technology (PST). Science and technology are defined by the Society both broadly and narrowly. Broadly defined science, math, and technology consist of constructing theories of how our world operates and reasoning about how this is so and for infants, children, adolescents and non-scientists, these cognitive processes are implicit. Developmental psychologists of science are particularly interested in the development of such implicit cognitive mechanisms. Narrowly defined, science, math and technology consist of the thought and behavior of professional scientists, mathematicians, and technologists.

  2. To facilitate the exchange of information and experience among its members;

  3. To 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

In 2008, the Society launched the world’s only peer-reviewed publication outlet for research, theory, review, and commentary focused on the psychology of science and technology.  It is entitled Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology (JPST) and is published by Springer Publishing. It is published bi-annually and is free to ISPST members. 

For more information about ISPST go to http://www.psychologyofscience.org and for more information on JPST go to http://www.springerpub.com/journal.aspx?jid=1939-7054.