Fernand GOBET

 

 

Professorial Research Fellow

 

Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science

 

Professor of Psychology


School of Psychology

 

                                                                           

   

 

 

Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science
London School of Economics and Political Science
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

f.gobet@lse.ac.uk

 

School of Psychology

University of Roehampton

London SW15 4JD
United Kingdom

fernand.gobet@roehampton.ac.uk

 

 

 

Latest

 books

 

Connolly, C. & Gobet, F. (2020). Transition Expertise and Identity:
A Study of Individuals Who Succeeded Repeatedly in Life and Career Transitions.
Cambridge University Press.

 

Addis, M., Lane, P., Sozou, P., & Gobet, F. (Editors) (2019). Scientific discovery in the social sciences. New York: Springer.

 

 

Gobet, F. (2015). Understanding expertise: A multidisciplinary approach. London: Palgrave.

 

Gobet, F. (2018). The psychology of chess. London: Routledge.

 

 

 

 

PhD Opportunities

Please contact me if you are interested in doing a PhD in my current domains of research, including:

  • Career transitions and leadership
  • Psychology of expertise
  • Computational modelling with the CHREST architecture
  • Modelling the acquisition of syntax and/or vocabulary
  • Foundations of computational modelling
  • Use of artificial-intelligence techniques for semi-automatically developing scientific theories

 

Recent Research Funding

European Research Council (2019-2024). Genetically Evolving Models in Science (GEMS) (ERC Advanced Grant). (1.8 mio).
Economic and Social Research Council (2019-2024). The International Centre for Language and Communicative Development 2 (LuCiD2; Transition grant). With Julian Pine and others (2.32mio).
Economic and Social Research Council (2014-2019). The International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD). With Elena Lieven and others (9mio)Economic and Social Research Council (2013-2014). Automatic generation of scientific theories. With Mark Addis and Peter Lane (300,000).

Economic and Social Research Council (2012-2015). Developing a psychologically realistic generalisation mechanism within MOSAIC. With Julian Pine and Daniel Freudenthal. (397,867).

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2012). Risk, trust and relationships in an ageing society. With Mary Gilhooly and others (27,5100).

British Academy (2010-2012). Cognitive models of problem gambling: Testing the implicit-learning hypothesis. (83,447)

 

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees

MA in Psychology, 1986 University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Thesis : "Influence of uncontrollability on chess problem solving" (in French)

Ph. D. in Psychology, 1992 University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Thesis : "The memories of a chessplayer" (in French)

Appointments held

2019-present. Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics and Political Science

2013-2019. Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool.

2012-2019. Research Associate, Centre for Philosophy of Natural & Social Science, London School of Economics

2003-2012. Professor of Cognitive Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University.

2000-2003. Allan Standen Reader in Intelligent Systems, ESRC Centre for Research in Development, Instruction and Training, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham.

1998-2000. Senior Research Fellow / Lecturer, ESRC Centre for Research in Development, Instruction and Training, Department of Psychology, University of Nottingham.

1996-98. Research Fellow / Lecturer, ESRC Centre for Research in Development, Instruction and Training, Department of Psychology, University of Nottingham.

1992-95. Post-doctoral fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA.

1990-91. Visiting Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA.

1987-89. Research assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg (Switz.)

1981-89. Co-editor of the Swiss Chess Review.


Research interests

My research spans cognitive science, organisational behaviour, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, artificial intelligence, education, and philosophy.

I'm trying to understand the mechanisms underlying the acquisition of expertise, with a special focus on learning, memory, perception and attention processes in skilled individuals. An important focus concerns the abilities allowing individuals to successfully transition through career stages.

My research on understanding expertise has also led me to study teaching and training methods in education.

I'm also interested in the development of algorithms that automatically generate theories in science. My research also involves the development of the CHREST (Chunks Hierarchies and REtrieval STructures) architecture. CHREST has been applied to chess expertise, concept formation, the acquisition of multiple diagrammatic representations, and the acquisition of syntax and of vocabulary. I’m also interested in the methodology of developing computational models.

Other research includes the cognitive science of religion, problem gambling and scientific discovery.

My research uses experimental investigations, computer simulations, and theoretical investigations.

 

 

Publications on career transitions

 

Publications on expertise and decision making

 

          Publications on education, coaching and training

 

          Publications on (deliberate) practice and talent

 

Publications on the methodology of modelling

 

Publications on CHREST

  

Publications on computational scientific discovery

 

Publications on syntactic development

 

          Publications on vocabulary development

 

          Publications on the cognitive science of religion

 

          Publications on problem gambling

 

         

 


Last modified: 15/04/2024