Dr. Alexander Swan
Associate Professor - Psychology
Education: 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
Department: Social Science & Business
Office: Burgess 106B
CONTACT ME FOR…
- Writing assistance
- Research opportunities/experience
- All things science
- Life chats/advising
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.
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.
Cognitive Science 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. I also produce a podcast that blends psychology and movie called CinemaPsych Podcast and make tutorial videos on myYouTube channel for students and researchers around the world.