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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.


The student as facilitator - A qualitative exploration of monitoring strategies used by 'dominant' team members in PBL groups
Mabley S., Ventura-Medina E., Anderson T.
46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018, pp. 278-285, (2018)
The role of institutional power in tutorless problem-based learning : students’ interactional strategies for self-managing conflict in teamwork
McQuade RM, Ventura-Medina E, Wiggins S, Anderson T
46th SEFI Annual Conference, (2018)
Knowledge disagreement formulations in problem-based learning tutorials : balancing pedagogical demands with 'saving face'
McQuade Robert, Wiggins Sally, Ventura-Medina Esther, Anderson Tony
Classroom Discourse, (2018)
Elucidating dysfunctional occurrences in student-led group work : 'doing disagreement well'
McQuade Robert Michael, Ventura-Medina Esther, Wiggins Sarah, Anderson Anthony
Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Biennial Conference 2017, (2017)
Constructing knowledge through talk : unpacking the dynamics of group interaction in problem-based learning
Hendry Gillian, Wiggins Sally, Anderson Tony
HEA STEM annual conference, (2013)
Criticizing the critic : comments on Jahoda's (2012) critique of Discursive Social Psychology
Anderson Tony, Wiggins Sally
Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, (2013)

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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

MRC (Medical Research Council) (External organisation)
University of Glasgow
Visiting researcher

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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | McQuade, Robert Michael
Ventura-Medina, Esther (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Anthony (Co-investigator) McQuade, Robert Michael (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
Instrument Specific Musical Memory
Anderson, Anthony (Co-investigator) Kelly, Stephen (Co-investigator)
A cross-disciplinary investigation into musical memory.
Period 01-Dec-2010 - 01-Jan-2013
Butler, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Anthony (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 30-Sep-2015

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