So, I’ve finally jumped on board another technological thing late in the game. But hey, it’s still good. I downloaded the Kindle app for my iPhone. Did you know you can download sample books on that thing?? Yes. I’m sure you did know that, but I just figured it out. It’s amazing, and now I want an actual Kindle. Currently, I’m sampling Exploring the Psychology of Interest by Paul Silvia. Silvia is an amazing social psychologist (of course, I love them) who does a lot of research on interest and curiosity (among several other things). I am most amazed at his viewpoint of interest as an emotion. He states in the beginning of his book that a lot of people view interest as a cognitive process or motivational state but that there is a lot of evidence for it as an emotion. Before picking up his book, I would have associated myself with that camp. However, as per usual, I am slowly being persuaded by his data. *Side note folks – the best way to win me over to your side of the argument is to show me a lot of very good, conclusive data. I will always be a researcher at heart.* Soon I’ll be getting the full version of his book because I’ve torn through my Amazon sample. Marketing ploy win.
I encourage anyone out there looking for a good read to pick this book up. It relates to almost every area of interest (no pun intended) – education, vocation, personality, motivation, etc. As far as I have read, it’s a very good read which I highly recommend. Once again, this relates to my job. How lucky am I? So lucky.