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Information Behavior: An Evolutionary Instinct (Information Science and Knowledge Management) Hardcover – 19 May 2010

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  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (19 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642114962
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642114960
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,984,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This compact nine chapter, 84 page text introduces Professor Spink’s approach to the challenge of information behavior. … The reference lists alone represent a serious amount of intellectual effort, and should provide a useful starting point for many further studies. … This text should find a home in the library of anyone interested in positioning information behaviour within the wider study of human behaviour.” (Allen Foster, Journal of Documentation, Vol. 67 (5), 2011)

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Information behavior has emerged as an important aspect of human life, however our knowledge and understanding of it is incomplete and underdeveloped scientifically. Research on the topic is largely contemporary in focus and has generally not incorporated results from other disciplines.

In this monograph Spink provides a new understanding of information behavior by incorporating related findings, theories and models from social sciences, psychology and cognition. In her presentation, she argues that information behavior is an important instinctive sociocognitive ability that can only be fully understood with a highly interdisciplinary approach. The leitmotivs of her examination are three important research questions: First, what is the evolutionary, biological and developmental nature of information behavior? Second, what is the role of instinct versus environment in shaping information behavior? And, third, how have information behavior capabilities evolved and developed over time?

Written for researchers in information science as well as social and cognitive sciences, Spink’s controversial text lays the foundation for a new interdisciplinary theoretical perspective on information behavior that will not only provide a more holistic framework for this field but will also impact those sciences, and thus also open up many new research directions.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Berian on 23 April 2013
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I really don't understand why this book is so expensive. Im doing research on this subject and want to read the work but at this price!! Is it an Ego thing by the author or the publishers - I have to assign a value to this work which reflects its importance so let me price it accordingly. It isn't just this book but all research papers seem to be priced the same. Academia need to join the 21st C and price their work for the kindle age.
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Wow! One dollar per page! 15 Feb. 2013
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First off, no, I have not read this book. I am very interested in the subject matter, but why is this book $100? It is prohibitively expensive.
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