Paul J. Feltovich

Paul J. Feltovich, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), University of West Florida, Pensacola. In the past, he served as a Professor in the Departments of Medical Education and Psychiatry, and as Director of the Cognitive Science Division within Medical Education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. His educational background includes a B.S. in mathematics from Allegheny College (PA), a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1981, and a post-doctoral fellow in Cognitive Psychology at the Learning, Research, and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, from 1978 to 1982 (IHMC, 2006). He has written nearly one hundred professional articles and two books. He was chosen to write on one article of his expertise for the Third International Encyclopedia for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is also co-editor (with Ken Ford and Robert Hoffman) of Expertise in Context: Human and Machine (AAAI/MIT) and (with Ken Forbus) Smart Machines in Education (AAAI/MIT). He was an editor for the journal Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal and has served on several editorial boards, e.g., the Educational Researcher, the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Advances in Health Sciences Education (IHMC, 2006).

Publications

  1. Coulson, R.L., Feltovich, P. J., & Spiro, R. J. (1997). Cognitive Flexibility in Medicine: An Application to the Recognition and Understanding of Hypertension. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 2, pp. 141-61.
  2. Feltovich,P., Spiro, R., & Coulson, R. (1989). The nature of conceptual understanding in biomedicine: The deep structure of complex ideas and the development of misconceptions. In D. Evans & V. Patel (Eds.), Cognitive science in medicine: Biomedical modeling. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  3. Feltovich,P., Spiro, R., & Coulson, R. (1997). Issues of expert flexibility in contexts characterized by complexity and change. In P. J. Feltovich, K. M. Ford, & R. R. Hoffman (Eds.), Expertise in context: Human and machine (pp. 125-146). Menlo Park, CA: AAAI/MIT Press.
  4. Feltovich, P. J., Spiro, R. J., & Coulson, R. L. (1997). Issues of expert flexibility in contexts characterized by complexity and change, MA: MIT Press, p 125-146.
  5. Feltovich, P. J., Coulson, R. L., & Spiro, R. J. (2001). Learners' (mis)understanding of important and difficult concepts: a challenge to smart machines in education. MA: MIT Press.
  6. Feltovich, P.J., Hoffman, R.R.,Woods, D., & Roesler, A. (2004). Keeping it too simple: How the reductive tendency affects cognitive engineering. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 90-94.
  7. Spiro, R., W. Vispoel, and J. Schmitz. (1987). "Knowledge Acquisition for Application: Cognitive Flexibility and Transfer in Complex Content Domains," B. B. a. S. Glynn, Readings in Executive Control Processes . Hillsdale, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
  8. Spiro, R., Coulson, R., Feltovich, P., & Anderson, D. (1988). Cognitive flexibility theory: Advanced knowledge acquisition in ill-structured domains. In Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  9. Spiro, R. J., Feltovich, P. J., Coulson, R. L., Anderson, D. K. (1989). Multiple analogies for complex concepts: antidotes for analogy-induced misconception in advanced knowledge acquisition. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  10. Spiro, R. J., Feltovich, P. J., Jacobsen, M. J., Coulson, R. L. (1991). Cognitive Flexibility, Constructivism, and Hypertext: Random Access Instruction for Advanced Knowledge Acquisition in Ill-Structured Domains. Educause Review, 5, pp. 24–33.
  11. Spiro, R. J., Feltovich, P. J., Jacobson, M. J., & Coulson, R. L. (1991). Knowledge representation, content specification, and the development of skill in situation-specific knowledge assembly: some constructivist issues as they relate to cognitive flexibility theory and hypertext, Educational Technology, 31(9), pp. 22-25.
  12. Spiro, R., Feltovich, P. J., Jacobson, M., J. & Coulson, R. L. (1995) "Cognitive Flexibilty, Constructivism, and Hypertext: Random Assess Instruction for Advanced Knowledge Acquisition in Ill-Structured Domains."
  13. Spiro, R., Vispoel, W., & Schmitz, J. (1997). "Knowledge Acquisition for Application: Cognitive Flexibility and Transfer in Complex Content Domains," B. B. a. S. Glynn, Readings in Executive Control Processes . Hillsdale, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

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