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Dr. Tom Wilson is an associate professor of psychology in Bellarmine University’s College of Arts and Sciences and has published research and taught for over twenty-five years in the areas of human learning and memory, cognition and consciousness, and the teaching of psychology. For many years Dr. Wilson taught the foundational courses in behavioral science methods for the psychology degree at Bellarmine and now focuses on student transition to higher education and involving students in his research programs. In recent years Wilson has traveled to England, Scotland, and Wales for international research and teaching in cognitive psychology and its philosophical history. Dr. Wilson first taught in the London Summer Program for CCSA in 2010 which was also his first time to the UK. Since that time he has taught for the program two other summers, enjoyed a research fellowship and sabbatical at Oxford, and lived and worked in England for an entire academic year as a visiting senior lecturer. Dr. Wilson has a deep passion for three topics that are combined in the London Summer psychology course: cognitive psychology, science history, and the British culture. The following is a sampling of recent research publications some of which represent collaborative research with undergraduate student researchers: Wilson, T. L. (2018). The influence of presentation order on probability judgments in a representative market setting. Current Psychology, 37, Online First publication. Wilson, T. L., & Smith, T. H. (2017). Implicit environmental attitudes: Critique and technique to promote awareness. Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences, 3 (1), 11-22. Davies, J. L., & Wilson, T. L. (2017, May). I’m Cool with That! Openness and Undergraduate’s Preferred Teaching Approaches. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the British Psychological Society, Brighton. Yamaguchi, M., Randle, J. M., Wilson, T. L., & Logan, G. D. (2017). Pushing typists back on the learning curve: Memory chunking improves retrieval of prior typing episodes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43 (9), 1432-1447. Wilson, T. L. (2016). Historical origins of the material mind: An enduring dilemma for psychology. British Psychological Society North East Branch Bulletin, Spring Vol., 18-30.

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Program Dates:

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Psychology , History

Course Description:
Learn about psychology’s history by touring about the United Kingdom during your study abroad summer. If you crave direct experience with places where science history happened, like Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, and Oxford, and if you fancy contemplating the historical answers to essential questions like “What is real?” and “What is the mind?” then this undergraduate course is for you. Discover the historical British contributions to psychological science and your learning will meet the outcomes of traditional History and Systems of Psychology. It’s like streaming a television series on British psychology history filmed on location--and you’re in the show!

An introductory psychology course or consent of instructor.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Students should be able to walk up to 6 miles per day.

Course Highlights:
Tour about the United Kingdom making direct contact with the places where science history actually happened, like Oxford, London, Cambridge, and Edinburgh. Spend a day at Oxford where the earliest scientists began the fundamental debate about our evolving conceptions of the world and the human mind. Walk through Cambridge where the electron was discovered, visit where human attention was first researched and where Pink Floyd used to hang out! Living in London makes it easy to go on class excursions by rail or by tube, like a private tour of Freud's House and the famous couch. By discovering the historical British contributions to psychological science your learning will meet the outcomes of the History of Psychology class. If you fancy contemplating the answers to deep questions like “What is real?” and “What is the mind?” then this undergraduate course is for you!