APPLICATION OF ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY TO STUDY SCIENCE
Kumar, N., National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies, India
Psychology has been applied to enormous possible human behaviours within organizations. Science is one of the most important organized social activities. This paper explores the possibilities and advantages of applying psychological research beyond the traditional themes within organizational psychology to the study of Science institutions. This may not only help to improve the theory development in the sub-discipline of Psychology of Science, it may enhance mainstream Psychology as well. Studies of scientific processes and scientists in organizations may help to accumulate psychological knowledge, provide evidence to formulate theories and concepts to understand scientists' behaviour in real world. Organizational Psychology of Science (in the form of psychological theorizing) may thus also contribute to the epistemological issues of science. Application to science may on the other hand help in establishing the universal validity of some of the psychological theories Expansion of the methodological approach of the two can be another associated benefit. Science can thus both exemplify and expand psychological studies.