Creating empowered thinkers.
That's been my goal as a teacher and mentor. Along the way, I've been lucky to have fantastic students who have surprised and inspired.
My courses are designed to cultivate skills –
the skills that are used by actual scientists.
I do this with a suite of ‘active learning’ techniques that are known to improve understanding, increase engagement, and support the most at-risk students.
Learning is most effective and inspiring when it
focuses on both the forest and the trees.
My students get experience with the nitty-gritty details of science. But they also engage with the grandest puzzles. How could we, as limited cognitive beings, possibly have access to the unobservable entities of mathematics, quantum physics, and religion? How do individual biases relate to systematic racism? Can new technologies make us smarter?
My courses are hard. But you'll learn – a lot.
You'll learn a lot of new content and a bunch of new skills. I think two anonymous student reviews put it best: ‘SO MUCH READING. But, truthfully, I am glad we were assigned so many, because now I feel as if I have a great expanse of relevant literature under my belt.’ And again: ‘He didn't make the class easy, but he made the work worth doing because it was intellectually stimulating and resulted in so much gained knowledge.’
So buyer beware: If you take my courses, you might find yourself working very hard — and enjoying it.
I teach an especially broad range of courses.
My research and training are multidisciplinary, combining psychology, philosophy, history, neuroscience, anthropology, linguistics, and more. This means I teach a wide (and fun) variety of courses, and courses tend to cover a broad range of topics. My advanced seminars cut across traditional disciplines and attract students from diverse backgrounds.
Here are some courses I've taught.
Past courses have covered statistics and research methods; philosophy of cognitive science; perception and conception; language, culture, and cognition; analogy and metaphor;
gesture and multimodal communication; real-world cognition; philosophy of mathematics; and much more.