Improving the on campus experience

Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking went live this week to more than 75,000 students.

In the course, we explore why people believe weird things, how they form and change opinions, and how we can make better decisions.

You can sign up here:

get a taste of things to come here:

and see the “on campus” experience here:

There are no prerequisites for The Science of Everyday Thinking, and topics range from hindsight to horoscopes. Students learn how to evaluate claims, how to make sense of evidence, and to understand the mental shortcuts that we often use or misuse, and apply them to everyday situations to help make better decisions.

Our campus-based psychology course, PSYC2371: The Science of Everyday Thinking, also started this week at The University of Queensland (UQ), the very moment that Think101x went live on the edX platform.

Our goal with Think101x, was not to replace the live experience but to complement and improve it. We worked hard to offer the best of both worlds: to figure out what we could do on the edX platform that would be impossible to do on campus, and what we could do on campus that would be impossible to do online.

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Judging the Three Minute Thesis

As winner of 2011 Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), I was asked to judge The 2013 University of Queensland final. It was nail biting, but the winner was Michael Thai from the School of Psychology—he was fantastic. Runner-up and People’s Choice was Timothy Brennan from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

3MT finalists and judges

3MT finalists and judges

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Harvard Fellowship from AAA

I have received The 2013 University of Queensland Fellowship from the American Australian Association, worth $40,000 (press release - Emerging Australian stars receive top prizes).  I’ll spend some time at Harvard working with Jeremy Wolfe, who is Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. I will receive the award at Black Tie ceremony at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.


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Photographs on Display at the US Embassy

US Ambassador Bleich has selected two of my photographs for display at the US Embassy in Canberra. The competition, “America Through Australian Eyes” received more than 180 submissions from across Australia and my photographs below, “The Great Dividing Range” and “Bushfire Glow,” were two of the eight selected.


“The Great Dividing Range,” Central Park, New York, NY, f/8, 1/400 sec


“Bushfire Glow,” San Francisco, CA, f/6.3, 6 sec

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