Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 275–288

The nature and nurture of expertise: a fourth dimension


DOI: 10.1007/s11097-011-9240-0

Cite this article as:
Feist, G.J. Phenom Cogn Sci (2013) 12: 275. doi:10.1007/s11097-011-9240-0


One formative idea behind the workshop on expertise in Berkeley in August of 2010 was to develop a viable “trading zone” of ideas, which is defined as a location “in which communities with a deep problem of communication manage to communicate” (Collins et al. 2010, p. 8). In the current case, the goal is to have a trading zone between philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists who communicate their ideas on expertise such that productive interdisciplinary collaboration results. In this paper, I review Harry Collins' three-dimensional model of expertise and provide a very brief and non-inclusive overview of a psychological response. In addition, I propose an addendum to the model by adding a fourth—natural talent—dimension.


ExpertiseInteractional expertiseTacit knowledgePsychology

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySan Jose State UniversitySan JoseUSA