I was born in Tehran, Iran in 1982. I studied mathematics and physics in Daneshmand high school, and then electrical engineering in Tehran Polytechnic (Amirkabir University of Technology). I left Iran in 2004, going first to Turkey and then to Malaysia. In 2007 I immigrated to Canada and began studying psychology at Trent University. At Trent, I worked with Liana Brown, Michael Chan-Reynolds, Hugo Lehmann, and received two summer research scholarships from NSERC. I moved to University of Toronto in 2010 for my PhD (advisor: Jay Pratt), which was supported by an Alexander Graham Bell doctoral scholarship from NSERC. I was visiting researcher at University of Vienna in 2014 (host: Ulrich Ansorge) and postdoctoral fellow at Leiden University (2015-2016, host: Bernhard Hommel). In 2016 I received a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), though I declined it and moved to University of Macau. Currently at University of Macau, I teach courses on cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and theoretical psychology.

My primary research concerns are with theoretical and conceptual problems in psychology. If you would like to sample my work, see the articles “Behaviour versus performance” and “Building blocks of psychology. If you have more patience and interest, you could check out my book Experimental Psychology and Human Agency. This book contains a detailed critique of experimental psychology, written primarily for graduate students who use experimental methods. However, the book also has a few things to offer to the general readership about the nature of psychological research and its (non)relationship to everyday life. For a full list of my publications see here.


Department of Psychology, Humanities and Social Sciences Building (E21), University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau S.A.R., China. (Office: E21-3047 | phone: +(853) 8822 4202 | Email: gozli [at] um [dot] edu [dot] mo)