What makes an expert? What strategies do they use? If you're an expert in one domain, are you more likely to become an expert in a second?
In examining questions like these, Professor Fernand Gobet provides a comprehensive overview of the field of expertise. With research from a wide range of disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, sociology, philosophy, education, law and artificial intelligence, this is the definitive guide to the subject.
Understanding Expertise: A Multidisciplinary Approach
* considers expertise on a number of levels ranging from the neural to the psychological and the social;
* critically evaluates current theories and approaches;
* addresses issues of key importance for society, with implications for training methods and the development of artificial expert systems.
Fernand Gobet earned his PhD in psychology in 1992 at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. After collaborating with Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon for six years at Carnegie Mellon, he held academic positions at the University of Nottingham and Brunel University London. Since 2013, he is Professor of Decision Making and Expertise at the University of Liverpool. His main research interest is the psychology of expertise, which he studies in numerous domains including board games, physics, language acquisition and nursing. His research combines experimental methods with computational modelling. He has written nine books, including Foundations of Cognitive Psychology (2011).
1. Introduction.- 2. Perception and Categorisation.- 3. Memory.- 4. Problem Solving.- 5. Decision Making.- 6. Intuition, Insight and Creativity.- 7. Talent, Individual Differences and Gender Differences.- 8. Learning and Education.- 9. Development and Aging.- 10. Neuroexpertise.- 11. Experts and Society.- 12. Sociology.- 13. Philosophy.- 14. Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems.- 15. Putting It All Together.