Psychology courses provide students with rich opportunities to think critically and creatively about how experimental evidence can be used to answer some of our deepest questions about human nature.
As a teacher, I aim to develop students' abilities to connect theoretical positions to empirical evidence, generate questions with testable hypotheses, and effectively communicate arguments in written assignments and class discussion.
Mind: Dimensions of Individual Behavior
Drawing on examples from psychology, neuroscience and animal behavior this is an introductory course aimed at providing students with a foundation for the scientific study of the mind.
Fall 2018-1 Fall 2018-2 Fall 2017 Fall 2015
Mechanisms of the Mind
This course examines the cognitive and neurological mechanisms that underlie human behavior with a focus on how scientists determine causal explanations of human behavior.
Dominic is a gem! A three hour class starting at 9:30 am may seem daunting, but Dominic did a great job keeping us engaged through discussion, videos, group work, etc.
I learned how to compose an original argument from research articles.
Professor Gibson was very encouraging in discussion, he did a good job lowering the pressure and encouraging students to contribute and think outside the box.
I'm much more comfortable reading and interpreting scientific studies and discussing their implications [after taking this class].
Beyond the Individual: The Social Mind
This course looks at the social and environmental factors that shape human thinking and behavior.
Spring 2018 Spring 2019
Through years of education and experience, humans come to understand increasingly complex and accurate theories of how the world works. This course dives into the major debates concerning how humans accomplish these feats of learning by exploring the various mechanisms proposed as drivers of conceptual development.
Spring 2018 Spring 2017
Zero to Infinity: The Psychology of Number
This upper level seminar explores the evolutionary and cultural origins of humans' ability to reason about numbers and geometry as well as the individual and social factors that explain the variability in students' math abilities.
Summer 2021 Spring 2019
- Introduction to Psychology
- Language Development
- Developmental Psychology
- Mind: Dimensions of Individual Behavior
- Mechanisms of the Mind