The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (Revised)


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6.91 X 9.75 X 1.71 inches | 3.49 pounds

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About the Author

K. Anders Ericsson, PhD, is presently Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. For the last thirty years he has studied the development of expert performance in domains such as music, chess, medicine, business, and sports, and how expert performers attain their superior performance by acquiring complex cognitive mechanisms and physiological adaptations through extended deliberate practice. He has edited several books on expertise, such as Toward a General Theory of Expertise (1991), The Road to Excellence: The Acquisition of Expert Performance in the Arts and Sciences, Sports, and Games (1996), and the influential Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (2006). His research has been recently featured in New York Times, Scientific American, Fortune Magazine, New Scientist, and Time magazine. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Robert R. Hoffman is a recognized world leader in cognitive systems engineering and human-centered computing. Currently he is senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a Fulbright scholar. His Ph.D. is in experimental psychology from the University of Cincinnati. His Postdoctoral Associateship was at the Center for Research on Human Learning at the University of Minnesota. He also served on the faculty of the Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, New York. Hoffman has been recognized internationally in psychology, remote sensing, human factors engineering, intelligence analysis, weather forecasting, and artificial intelligence - for his research on the psychology of expertise, the methodology of cognitive task analysis, HCC issues for intelligent systems technology, and the design of macrocognitive work systems.
Aaron Kozbelt is Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research focuses on creativity and cognition in the fine arts, with an emphasis on perception in visual artists, lifespan creativity in composers, and evolutionary aspects of aesthetics and creativity. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. He serves on several editorial boards and has received several national and international awards for his research, including the Daniel Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association and the Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten Award from the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics.
Andrew Mark Williams is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation at the University of Utah. He is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, and the European College of Sports Science. His research interests focus on the neural and psychological mechanisms underpinning the acquisition and development of perceptual-cognitive and perceptual-motor skills. He has published over 300 journal articles and book chapters, and has written or edited 15 books. He is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sports Science and sits on the editorial boards of several prominent journals. His research has been funded by research councils in Australia and the UK, by industrial partners such as Nike, and by several professional sports teams and national and international governing bodies.


'The pursuit of expertise is of course as old as humankind. There have been many breakthroughs but also many false starts, dead ends, and outright errors. It is only now - finally! - that the pursuit of expertise is getting the treatment it deserved all along, and this Cambridge Handbook is the definitive compendium of that treatment: empirical, thoughtful, and exceedingly useful. The new ideas and insights in this revised and expanded edition are particularly welcome, as the world of expertise has changed a lot in the past ten years!' Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author of the Freakonomics book series
'The second edition of this Handbook reflects the voluminous scholarship on expertise since publication of the first edition, while retaining its positive features. The 42 chapters by leading experts provide a magnificent overview of diverse facets of expertise. Anyone interested in the subject will want to own this volume.' Henry L. Roediger, III, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Washington University, St. Louis
'Expertise is a multifaceted phenomenon. And this volume mobilizes an interdisciplinary team of world-class scholars to craft just the right lenses for bringing the unifying themes into focus. Odd though it sounds, it is possible to be an expert on expertise.' Philip E. Tetlock, Annenberg University Professor, University of Pennsylvania and author of Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
'A truly remarkable achievement, from the original expert on expertise: a deep, wide, and impressively complete look at the science of human excellence. If you're interested in understanding what creates great performance, you will find no better resource than this book.' Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code and The Culture Code