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Associate Professor John McLean
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Associate Professor John McLean
John has had a global career spanning psychology practice and teaching in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas before becoming established at UQ in 1990. He holds a Teaching Focused position and has led the School in the development and delivery of international programs, particularly the establishment of the articulation arrangement with Chulalongkorn Uni in Thailand. His activities and research interests also include ethics and he has served on ethics review committees at the university and national levels.
Room:
MC-337
Email:
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6394
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

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Associate Professor John McLean
Qualifications:

BA New Coll., PhD Oregon

Background:

My Australian passport says I was born in "Springfield, USA", and I probably have a few things in common with both Homer J and Abe.  My first degree is from New College, which is a great learning environment without grades or course requirements.  I had the good fortune to do my PhD at Oregon with Steve Keele and Mike Posner, then a post-doc at Oxford with Donald Broadbent.  Interests in attention & consciousness led me next to study at a Tibetan buddhist monastery in Nepal in the late 70s, and, thankfully,  I haven't been the same since.

My good fortune and inability to find a tenurable job enabled me to teach and practice psychology in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas before settling into room 413 of the UQ Psych building in 1990.  The psychologies of different cultures continue to fascinate me.  I've taught first-year psych every year since 1982, with little likeliood of ever going on to second year.

My family, which includes another psychologist and three adult offspring,  tolerates my eccentricities and supports both my pro- and not-so- social interests (e.g. cooking and banjos).

Professional Activities:

Beyond my primary focus on the teaching of general psychology, my professional activites fall mainly in 2 baskets:  ethics and international programs.

I have served on and chaired various research ethics review committees at School, University, and National levels as well as teaching research ethics to fourth-year students.

I have been involved in the development and delivery of international programs, primarily in South-East Asia (e.g. Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand), and served on various  internationalisation committees.

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Associate Professor John McLean
Research Activities:

As my interests are fairly general (though usually based in cognitive perspectives), my students and I tend to examine disparate topics driven as much by the research students' interests as by mine.  Recent and current projects include both basic laboratory and applied projects in Attention,  Attentional lapses (Daydreaming) in university lectures (we all do it!),  Meditation, Cross-Cultural Cognition, Suicidal Thinking, and University Teaching & Learning. 

Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2017
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2017
    PSYC4060 - Ethics
  • Semester 2, 2017
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2017
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 1, 2016
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2016
    PSYC4060 - Ethics
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC4060 - Ethics
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC4060 - Ethics
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC4060 - Ethics
  • Semester 2, 2013
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 2, 2012
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2011
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2011
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 1, 2011
    PSYC4060 - Ethics
  • Semester 2, 2011
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2011
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSYC4060 - Ethics
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC1030 - Introduction to Psychology: Development, Social, and Clinical Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors

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

Research Area:
Memory and Attention
Synopsis:

My approach to Hons supervision is generally a traditional one of developing projects of mutual interest with motivated research students rather than fitting students into pre-existing projects.  While I tend to take a cognitive perspective on most topics, the topics I have supervised include a fairly broad range of the discipline of psychology.  Recent Hons and PhD projects have included research in attention  - broadly defined, including basic processes, lapses of attention (e.g. mindwandering / daydreaming),and development of attentional skill (e.g. meditation).  My interests also  include cross-cultural psychology, sports psychology, and the psychology of teaching & learning in university contexts.  I am available for Hons supervision in 2017.  Potentially interested students should feel free to contact me (john@psy.uq.edu.au) to arrange for an obligation-free conversation on their interests.

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