Thought in Action : Expertise and the Conscious Mind
do it. But is this true? After exploring some of the contemporary and historical manifestations of the idea that highly accomplished skills are automatic and effortless, Barbara Gail Montero develops a theory of expertise that emphasizes the role of the conscious mind in expert action. Along the way,
she dispels various mythical accounts of experts who proceed without any understanding of what guides their action and analyzes research in both philosophy and psychology that is taken to show that conscious control impedes well practiced skills. She also explores real-life examples of optimal performance - culled from sports, the performing arts, chess, nursing, medicine, the military and elsewhere - and draws from psychology, neuroscience, and literature to create a picture of expertise
according to which expert action generally is and ought to be thoughtful, effortful, and reflective.
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 165 x 240 x 22mm | 580g
- 26 Jul 2016
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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and popular punditry according to which expertise is unmindful if not outright mindless. Both students and expertsin Montero's sense or any othershould find this book amply rewarding ... Overall, Montero's book is an impressive achievement, an insightful, often delightful read. I highly recommend it. * Jason Holt, Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Acadia University, Metapsychology: Online Reviews * Thought in Action is convincing in its overall argument that philosophers and psychologists are mistaken when they denigrate the usefulness of conscious thought to optimal expert performance. And it also provides a detailed discussion of kinds of expert performance - in dance, athletics, music, medicine, and chess - that will be of interest to those who work in philosophy of mind and psychology, aesthetics, and action theory, whatever their concern with
this overall thesis. * Joseph Mendola, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online *
About Barbara Gail Montero
as the moving, breathing, flesh and blood instrument that we use when we run, walk, or dance. Before entering academia, she was a professional ballet dancer.