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 Istanbul, Turkey and then to Kuala Lumpur, 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 Toronto in 2010 for my PhD, which I completed at University of Toronto in 2015 (advisor: Jay Pratt) with a thesis titled Associative learning as a source of visual bias. I was visiting researcher at University of Vienna in 2014 (host/advisor: Ulrich Ansorge) and postdoctoral fellow at Leiden University (2015-2016, advisor: Bernhard Hommel). In 2016 I received the 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. In addition to some experimental research, my primary concerns are with theoretical and conceptual problems in psychology. If you’d like to sample my work, please 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.


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)