Professor Ian McLaren
Professor of Cognitive Psychology

Teaching

I take the view that someone who's expertise is in the area of learning and memory had better be applying it to their teaching. I try to do this, and currently teach a course, The Associative Mind, that examines conventional knowledge about learning and memory from the standpoint of someone who adopts the view that symbolic and associative processes are at work in human mental life. It tries to be more than a series of lectures, incorporating demonstrations, interactive experiments, dialogue and student presentations in a free-format seminar style. The other course I teach, Animal Cognition (as part of Biological Psychology), is based on the more conventional lecture format, but differs from many other courses in the emphasis it places on comparisons between standard Comparative research and current Human Cognitive Psychology. I also teach a course on computational modelling for the Psychological Research Methods MSc.

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