Meet the Faculty

Alexander Swan

Alexander Swan

Assistant Professor - Psychology

Contact Details


PhD, Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
MA, Experimental Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 2011
BA, Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 2008

Burgess 106 B

Contact me for…

  • Writing assistance
  • Research opportunities/experience
  • All things science
  • Life chats/advising

Research Interests:

My research interests include thinking and reasoning biases in both basic and applied research problems. My current research collaboration concerns beliefs and biases involved in pseudoscientific ideas, such as type-style personality tests.

Teaching Interests:

My favorite courses to teach are research methods and cognitive psychology; however, I love psychology in general, so some of my favorite courses I’ve taught have been outside of my doctoral specialty, such as social psychology.

Professional Activity:

Professional organizations:

Cognitive Science Society
Psychonomic Society
Society for Teaching of Psychology (APA Div 2)

For conference presentations and publications, see my CV or website

Uniquely Eureka Experience:

What drew me to Eureka was my desire to teach at a small liberal arts college that focuses on the full learning experience of the students and emphasizes the liberal arts principles of critical thinking and a holistic education.


I’m a bit of a nerd for all things superheroes and science fiction (e.g., Star Trek, Star Wars). I like to watch movies and TV shows with my family: my wife, Astrid, my son, Oliver, and my daughter, Elliot. I have a blue belt in Israeli self-defense, Krav Maga, another passion of mine.