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David C. Gooding

David C. Gooding

[Note: After a long period of illness, Professor David Gooding died in December of 2009. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Gooding's work.]

David Gooding is Director of the Science Studies Centre of the University of Bath and Director of Studies of the MSc in Science, Culture and Communication. During 2002-2003 he held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for research on visualization in the sciences and from 1991-1993 he was a Medical Research Council Research Fellow for a project on Simulating Natural Intelligence. His main research interests are visualization and visual inference, science communication, agent-based simulation of scientific discovery, and the history of experiment in the sciences.

Primary Interests:

  • Communication, Language
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:


  • Gooding, D. C., Gorman, M., Tweney, R., & Kincannon, A. (Eds.). (2005). Scientific and technological thinking. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Gooding, D. C. (2005). Seeing the forest for the trees: Visualization, cognition and scientific inference. In M. Gorman et. al. (Eds.), Scientific and technological thinking (pp. 173-218). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Gooding, D. C. (2004). Visualization, inference and explanation in the sciences. In G. Malcolm (Ed.), Multidisciplinary approaches to visual representations and interpretations (pp. 1-26). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Gooding, D. C. (2003). Varying the cognitive span: Experimentation, visualisation and digitalisation. In H. Radder (Ed.), Scientific experimentation and its philosophical significance (pp. 369-405). Pittsburg, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Gooding, D. C. (2001). Experiment as an instrument of innovation: Experience and embodied thought. In M. Benyon (Ed.), Cognitive technology: Instruments of mind (pp.130-140). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Courses Taught:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cultures of Belief
  • Measurement and Meaning
  • Public Knowledge
  • Seeing Socially: Simulating Communication and Inference about Experience

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