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Associate Professor Jason Tangen
Jason is a teaching and research academic in the School and explores the nature of expertise and the development of competence in professional practice. He has lead several large research programs in collaboration with police agencies, passports, and the reserve bank. In 2013, Jason developed UQ's first Massive Open Online Course called "The Science of Everyday Thinking," which attracted more than 93,000 enrolments.
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The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072

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Associate Professor Jason Tangen

PhD (McMaster), BASc (Lethbridge)


Jason Tangen's research is broadly based on Expertise & Evidence. That is, the perceptual and cognitive changes that occur as we accumulate experiences. Jason has several projects underway on awareness, forensic reasoning, the perception of banknote features, and the flashed face distortion effect. Originally trained in philosophy and cognition, he did a PhD on causal learning at McMaster University in Canada and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New South Wales. He regularly teaches courses on Critical Thinking, Judgement & Decision Making, and Consciousness & Cognition.

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Associate Professor Jason Tangen
Expertise, judgement, decision making, fingerprints, identification, learning, thinking, memory, bias, methodology.
Decisions, Fingerprints, Personal decisions, Awareness - psychology, Forensic professionals - decision making, Decision making - forensic professionals, Intelligence agencies - decision making, Human identification, Research methodology, Forensic reasoning
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2016
    PSYC2371 - Everyday Thinking
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC2371 - Everyday Thinking
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC2371 - Everyday Thinking
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC2371 - Everyday Thinking
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSYC2371 - Everyday Thinking
  • Semester 2, 2012
    PSYC3052 - Judgment & Decision-Making
  • Semester 2, 2011
    PSYC3052 - Judgment & Decision-Making
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC3052 - Judgment & Decision-Making
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSYC4050 - Psychological Research Methodology IV
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC3052 - Judgment & Decision-Making

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Judgement and Decision Making
I’ll be taking three outstanding honours students in 2016. If you enjoyed PSYC2371: The Science of Everyday Thinking and/or PSYC3052: Judgement & Decision Making, and you have a passion for research, then we could do some pretty great things this year! Our work is broadly based on the perceptual and cognitive changes that occur as novices become experts. Some questions are more "pure" (e.g., what's the best way to learn the visual structure of a brand new category?), while others are more "applied" (e.g., how should forensic examiners testify in court?). We also work across many different domains: radiology, rationality, fingerprint identification, face recognition, illusions, insight, and teaching and learning in higher education. Have a look at our lab website for more information. I’ve been ridiculously fortunate to work with some amazing students in the past, many of whom have continued on to do a PhD afterward. If you’d like to be part of this group, feel free to contact me directly.

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