Dr Anthony Anderson

Senior Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

Tony has been in the Psychology Department and later the School of Psychological Sciences and Health since 1986, having previously worked at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge.  His long-standing research interests in student learning have led to a number of externally-funded research projects (funded by bodies such the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the European Union) have dovetailed with and informed his various citizenship roles within Strathclyde over the yers.  The latter have included his being an Adviser of Study, and his current roles as Senior Academic Selector (admissions tutor) and Associate Dean (Undergraduate).


Has expertise in:

    Tony has long-standing expertise in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of dialogue, in addition to extensive experience in the quantitative analysis of a more general range of experimental data. His research to date has led to expertise in the research literatures on language understanding in dialogue, student learning and aspects of thinking such as critical thinking skills and information literacy. He also has a growing knowledge of the research literature on human factors.


BSc (Hons), University of Glasgow (1980); PhD, University of Glasgow (1984); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Who falls for fake news? The role of emotional intelligence
Preston S, Anderson A, Robertson D J, Shephard M P, Huhe N
Association For Psychological Science 2021 Convention (2021)
Fake news : people with greater emotional intelligence are better at spotting misinformation
Anderson Tony, Robertson David James
Detecting fake news on Facebook : the role of emotional intelligence
Preston Stephanie, Anderson Anthony, Robertson David J, Shephard Mark P, Huhe Narisong
PLOS One Vol 16 (2021)
Understandings of mental health, disclosure and help-seeking among international students studying in Scotland
Cogan Nicola, Liu Xi, Chau Chin-Van, Kelly Stephen, Anderson Tony, Elewosi Heartwill, Ford Sarah, Auld Hannah
Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2021 (2021)
Students' strategies for managing social loafers in PBL : interactional means of dealing with unequal participation in group work
McQuade Robert Michael, Ventura-Medina Esther, Wiggins Sally, Hendry Gillian, Anderson Anthony
Interactional Research into Problem-Based Learning (2020) (2020)
An Experimental Exploration of Network Dynamics on Social Media : Accounting for Who Spots Fake News and Who Shares It [Written Evidence - DAD0036]
Huhe Narisong, Shephard Mark, Anderson Anthony, Robertson David
Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies Written Evidence Volume (2020) (2020)

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Tony is responsible for teaching the psychology of thinking (specifically, problem solving, deductive reasoning,  and probabilistic reasoning) at third year level, and also runs an Honours-level class on Artificial Intelligence which is designed to introduce psychology students to classic literature on applications of AI to fields like language, vision, and learning, and to discuss the psychological and philosophical implications of AI. At postgraduate level, Tony supervises masters and doctoral research dissertations and over the years has contributed to various postgraduate taught courses (for example, the now-closed MSc in Occupational Psychology, in which he taught a module on human-machine interaction and the psychology of accident and error).

Research interests

Tony's research interests are in three main areas: a) language understanding in dialogue, b) aspects of student learning, particularly academic and metacognitive skill learning, such as critical thinking skills, and c) human factors.  The interaction among these interests has led to involvement in a number of externally-funded projects over the years examining such phenomena as the effect on dialogue of remote video-mediated communication, and using dialogue-based learning and teaching interventions to enhance critical thinking skills.

Professional activities

Using discursive psychology to investigate knowledge and task complexity formulations in student-led problem-based learning tutorials. Oral presentation at ICCA 2018: 5th International Conference of Conversation Analysis, Loughborough University, UK.
Doing disagreement without being disagreeable: How students deal with conversational norms in group work. Oral presentation at EuroPLAT 2017 Conference, University of Salzburg, Austria.
MRC (Medical Research Council) (External organisation)
University of Glasgow
Visiting researcher

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The understandings of distinctive experiences of mental health, disclosure and help seeking among Asian students (SMARTeN)
Cogan, Nicola (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Tony (Co-investigator) Kelly, Stephen (Co-investigator) Liu, Xi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | McQuade, Robert
Ventura-Medina, Esther (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Tony (Co-investigator) McQuade, Robert (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2020
Butler, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Tony (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2015
Instrument Specific Musical Memory
Argondizza, Peter (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Tony (Co-investigator) Kelly, Stephen (Co-investigator) Wilson, Thomas (Co-investigator) Chaffin, Roger (Co-investigator)
A cross-disciplinary investigation into musical memory.
01-Jan-2010 - 01-Jan-2013

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