TEACHING

 
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Psychology & law (lecturer, 2018)

Law, at its heart, is a human endeavour. It is deeply impacted by the way in which people think, feel, and behave. This course explores these areas where the study of the mind and the study of law intersect. We will explore and study the practice of law through the lens of empirically-tested psychological theories and processes (i.e., attitudinal biases, decision-making, and social cognition). This course covers topics such as the fallibility of human memory and how this impacts eyewitness identification, the psychology of persuasion, punishment, and jury decision-making.


the science of everyday thinking (tutor, 2015-2017)

This course explores the nature of everyday thinking. Why people believe weird things, how to deal with opinion change, and why expectations and emotions skew our judgements. We examine and debate topics such as subliminal persuasion, paranormal phenomena, alternative medicine, placebos and miracles. You will learn how to evaluate claims, understand why we consistently make the same kinds of "irrational" mistakes, and how to make better decisions.

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judgment and decision-making (tutor, 2015-2017)

Every day we make decisions by relying on our personal theories about how things are supposed to work. But our reliance on these rules is paid for at the cost of accuracy. We tend to see what we expect to see and believe what we're told. One goal of this course is to figure out how everyday decision making can be improved.


Measurement in psychology (tutor, 2017)

Measurement is fundamental to both civilisation and science. In particular, the ability to evaluate people provides arguably one of the most challenging and yet potentially world-changing applications of measurement theory. This course will provide introductory training in the application of measurement techniques and principles required for research and practice in psychology. Diverse examples of practical applications of this knowledge within psychology and beyond will be provided in order to demonstrate its universal relevance. Topics that will be introduced include psychometric theory, measurement in behavioural research, competent and appropriate use of psychological tests, clinical neuropsychological assessment, personnel assessment, educational testing, intelligence testing, and personality testing. Students will receive hands-on training in how to create and validate their own behavioural measurement instrument. The aim of this course is to provide students with a foundation in how to apply measurement theory in their future careers, whether in the field of psychology or elsewhere.

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