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Creating Scientific Concepts
How do novel scientific concepts arise? In Creating Scientific Concepts, Nancy Nersessian seeks to answer this central but virtually unasked question in the problem of conceptual change. She arguesExpand
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The Cognitive Basis of Science: The cognitive basis of model-based reasoning in science
The issue of the nature of the processes or ‘mechanisms’ that underlie scientific cognition is a fundamental problem for cognitive science, as is how these facilitate and constrain scientificExpand
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Model-Based Reasoning in Conceptual Change
This paper addresses how specific modeling practices employed by scientists are productive methods of conceptual change in science. Expand
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In the Theoretician's Laboratory: Thought Experimenting as Mental Modeling
  • N. Nersessian
  • Psychology
  • PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the…
  • 1 January 1992
Thought experiments have played a prominent role in numerous cases of conceptual change in science. I propose that research in cognitive psychology into the role of mental modeling in narrativeExpand
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Faraday’s ‘lines of force’
Faraday was perhaps the ideal candidate for introducing a new world-view. He was a great experimentalist, but he was also strongly inclined towards what he called “speculation.” His experiments wereExpand
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The Baby in the Lab Coat : Why child development is an inadequate model for understanding the development of science
The issue of the nature of the processes or “mechanisms” that underlie scientific cognition is a fundamental problem for cognitive science. A rich and nuanced understanding of scientific knowledgeExpand
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Should physicists preach what they practice?
Does one need to think like a scientist to learn science? To what extent can examining the cognitive activities of scientists provide insights for developing effective pedagogical practices? TheExpand
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The Cognitive-Cultural Systems of the Research Laboratory
A central challenge for science studies researchers in developing accounts of knowledge construction in science and engineering is to integrate the cognitive, social, cultural, and materialExpand
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Interpreting Scientific and Engineering Practices: Integrating the cognitive, social, and cultural dimensions
Cognitive studies of science and technology (“cognitive studies”) participate in two interdisciplinary fields: cognitive science and science and technology studies (STS). My analysis starts fromExpand
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Mental modeling in conceptual change
IntroductionThe nature and processes of "conceptual change" are problems that are of considerable interest to researchers across several disciplines occupied with developing understandings ofExpand
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