Category Academia

Inspiration in the Lab

I run a mid sized cognitive psychology lab: it’s me as the PI, 2 PhD students 3 master’s students and a handful of undergraduate honours students and RAs. We are a reasonably productive lab, but there are times when I think we could be doing more in terms of getting our work out and also […]

Taming My Distracted Mind

There is mounting evidence that digital devices, screens, smartphones are a real roadblock to productivity. The very tools that are supposed to make us more productive might be robbing us of that ability. The Modern Worker I’m a psychology professor at a large research institution. This means that although I do spend some time teaching in […]

University students are afraid of everything

Note: I wrote this as an attempt to think about the deeper issue of universities (students, faculty, and admin) placing an increasing premium on comfort, the “best student experience”, and reducing challenges. Normally, very few people read my blog (see my earlier post about that), so I was really excited to see how much action this piece […]

The Fine Print in the Syllabus

The end of July brings the realization that that I’ll be teaching graduate and undergraduate courses again in the fall, and that I need to prepare readings, lectures, and an official course outline for each course. In addition to being distributed to students on the first day of class, these outlines are archived and publicly […]