BA New Coll., PhD Oregon
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).
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.
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.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
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 (email@example.com) to arrange for an obligation-free conversation on their interests.
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