I know that psychology is a fascinating science, and my goal for teaching is to seek the motivations (hidden or not) within students that they believe the same. It is satisfying hearing students express an appreciation for a given topic of study that they did not know they had: a previous research assistant in my lab at UCSB came to work there for this exact reason. To locate these motivations, I believe in four crucial pedagogical principles: appreciation for the scientific method, critical thinking, active learning [1], and humor [2].

[1] Fiorella, L., & Mayer, R. E. (2015). Learning as a generative activity: Eight learning strategies that promote understanding. New York: Cambridge University Press.
[2] Garner, R. L. (2006). Humor in pedagogy: How ha-ha can lead to aha! College Teaching, 54(1), 177-180.

Courses Taught/Sample Teaching Materials

I am always in the process of compiling my teaching materials. Compiling is an ongoing basis and you should assume this page is always a little behind—enjoy the links provided here.

Eureka College

A work in progress: documents/files coming soon!

Psychology 380: Research Methods
Fall 2018 Syllabus

Psychology 330: Human Memory
Fall 2018 Syllabus
Film Analysis: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Psychology 374: History of Psychology
Spring 2018 Syllabus
Newspaper Project: Here’s a sample of one created by some fantastic students!

Psychology 286: Sensation & Perception
Spring 2018 Syllabus
Flavor Potluck idea: On the last day of class, students brought a food or drink to share with me and the class; they received extra credit for describing the multimodal sensory and perceptual experience of the food/drink. What was the taste quality? What about the odor? How does the texture and mouth-feel of the food/drink contribute to taste?
Film Analysis: Yellow Submarine (1968)

Psychology 285: Psychology of Learning
Spring 2018 Syllabus
Film Analysis: The Lorax (2012)

Psychology 222: Research Methods for Natural and Social Sciences (intermediate level course)
Fall 2017 Syllabus

Psychology 215/305: Cognitive Psychology
Fall 2017 Syllabus
Only Human 2.0 Educational Outreach Blog Project
F17 Film Analysis: Memento (2000)
F18 Film Analysis: Arrival (2016)

Psychology 101: General Psychology
Spring 2018: Sleep/Dream Journal assignment
Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Syllabus
Fall 2017: Pseudoscience Super Challenge class project
F17/S18 Film Analysis: A Beautiful Mind (2001)
F18 Film Analysis: Shutter Island (2010)

Mount Mary University

Psychology 420: Psychology of Emotion
Summer 2017: Course Syllabus

Psychology 323: Health Psychology
Spring 2017: Course Syllabus

Psychology 103: Introductory Psychology
Spring 2017: Course Syllabus
Spring 2017 Experiential Learning Project, Student Guide (adapted from Jaclyn Spivey at York College)
Fall 2016: Course Syllabus

Marquette University

Psychology 3201: Social Psychology
Spring 2017: Course Syllabus

Psychology 3320: Cognition
Spring 2017: Course Syllabus
Blog Assignment: This a student-written blog assignment on a subdomain on this website. It’s called Only Human 2.0 (Based on We’re Only Human by Wray Herbert). Students in pairs write a blog post to help new college students (think: freshman) learn and study better using cognitive psychological principles, similar to the types of articles posted on The Learning Scientists’ Blog.

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Psychology 138: Social Memory
Winter 2016: Course Syllabus

Psychology 7: Introduction to Experimental Psychology (Research Methods)
(Note: the most recent syllabi are generally the same document)
Summer 2015 Session B: Course Syllabus
Summer 2014 Session B: Course Syllabus
Summer 2013 Session A: Course Syllabus
Everyday Research Methods: Beth Morling (Great blog companion to an excellent research methods text)

Summer 2012 Session A: Course Syllabus
An Interactive Multimedia (Free) Statistics “Book” (Developed by Rice University, University of Houston Clear Lake, & Tufts University)

Psychology 120L: Lab in Advanced Research Methods
Summer 2015 Session A: Course Syllabus

Psychology 101: Health Psychology
Summer 2014 Session B: Course Syllabus
Winter 2014: Course Syllabus
Summer 2013 Session A: Course Syllabus

Useful Teaching Links & Videos


Society for Teaching of Psychology (STP; APA Division 2)
STP: Topix (Teaching of Psychology Idea Exchange): Such a great resource for activities, demos, videos, etc for most things about psychology.
Monmouth University: Teach Psych Science: Full of resources for research methods and statistics for psychological science.
The Learning Scientists: A cognitive psychology blog written by psychologists, for both teachers and students. Posts are geared toward effective learning!
Jon Mueller, North Central College, Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology: Excellent repository of activities and demonstrations of social psychological principles
Indiana University’s Cognitive Science Movie Index: A big list of movies that have topics related to cognitive science; the public can rate the accuracy, quality, and relevance of these films to the related psych concepts!

**What I think a good advisor-advisee relationship should be at any level of higher education.

**An important video from the lens of satire regarding the production and consumption of popular science. One of my goals in teaching research methods is to facilitate critical thinking about various claims in science and I aim to increase the competency of the average science consumer. The video also mentions the problem with the publishing bias toward flashy and positive results to the detriment of replication or null findings. Finally, the video is the perfect highlight to confirmation bias, a typical human tendency that at times can be troublesome. And of course, John Oliver is hilarious–I love that he shares his segments for free on Youtube!