Monthly Archives: January 2015

Zig-Zagging Towards a PhD — Part 2: University of Chicago

When I learned in the spring of 1965 that I would not be completing my undergraduate studies with a degree by the end of summer, I called the Psychology Department at the University of Chicago to let them know, and … Continue reading

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Zig-Zagging Towards a PhD — Part 1: Northwestern

In 1972, the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies conferred upon me a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology. While this was a notable achievement, it was not a unique one: quite a few people got PhD degrees … Continue reading

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My Uncle Was a Cowboy

My uncle Hank was one of the last of the true cowboys. When I was a boy, Hank was the chief cattle wrangler at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch, near Cimarron, New Mexico. He and his wife, (my mother’s twin … Continue reading

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Teaching to Learn

I loved teaching – warping young minds – and I employed a number of unorthodox methods in the process. Backwards. Following Piaget’s dictum that learning proceeds from familiar to novel, I once taught a course in physiological psychology backwards. That … Continue reading

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Learning to Teach

As an entering psychology graduate student at the University of Michigan in 1965, I was fortunate to get financial support as a “teaching fellow.” Some teaching fellows at Michigan served as assistants to faculty, but many of us were assigned … Continue reading

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