Davood Gozli

Psychology, Education, & Culture


To be an artist means: not to calculate and count; to grow and ripen like a tree which does not hurry the flow of its sap and stands at ease in the spring gales without fearing that no summer may follow. Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Cognitive Psychology, Final Lecture (Fall 2019)

Out of the 90 students, these 17 students came to the last lecture (which was an optional make-up session). I admire their choice to attend the lecture despite the absence of any extrinsic incentive, and feel happy to know that at least ~17 students enjoyed my lectures enough to come to this last session. What was unique about the course this semester: We read and discussed the Knowledge Illusion (Sloman.. Read More

Glenn Wallis: How to Fix Education

I found this book when I needed it the most, toward the end of a very tiring academic semester. After months of trying new methods of teaching and mostly failing. I found in the book another person for whom education is an issue. A problem. A question. A quest. That, in and of itself, was remedy for my heart and soul. It was refreshing to read Wallis’s words after innumerable.. Read More

Systems & Theories Class (Fall 2019)

What was unique about this semester: We discussed Brian Haig’s (2014) Investigating the Psychological World. A few students got involved with the book, but I think most students focused only on the chapter they were responsible for. I kept returning to the question, Why did Haig write this book? (especially given that psychological researchers don’t need to read such a book to perform their research activities). And I wanted the.. Read More

On Arguments (Part 4)

An interesting exchange with a student during office hours. The student brought a draft of a to-be-submitted essay for me to read. After reading the essay, I turned to her and asked, “what do you think about it? Has it succeeded in what it sets out to do?” The student said, “No, I don’t think it is successful. But I enjoyed writing it.” Recall the A-not-B task, something at which.. Read More