Dr Tom Wilson

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8426

E: thomas.wilson@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

My career in experimental psychology has been largely spent fighting a formidable tyrant, the cognitive unconscious. Within a psychological science that embraces a mind outside our awareness, I seek to promote the marginalized conscious mind by exploring methods of valid introspective access to explanatory conscious contents. Using theory-driven analytic methods of verbal report, my work has demonstrated our awareness of controlling thoughts and resulting behavioural influences assumed to be unconscious cognitions by the prevailing dual-process architecture. Alone and with students, my work has uncovered the predictive validity of conscious contents in the domains of rule-based learning, repetition priming, self-esteem, environment-related attitudes, and the hindsight bias.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Psychological Science

Research interests/expertise

Consciousness and Cognition

Critical Psychology

Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

History of Philosophy of Mind

Educational Psychology, University students

Personality and Health Psychology

Areas of teaching

Memory and Cognition

Research Methods in Psychological Science

Learning and Behaviour

General Empirical Psychology

Philosophy of Psychological Science

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology


BA (California State University, Northridge)

MA (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

PGCE equivalent (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

PhD (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Courses taught

Entire undergraduate psychology curriculum

Honours and awards

Delmar C. Nicks Scholar, May 1986, Outstanding Baccalaureus (CSUN)

Outstanding Service Achievement, April 2003, Bellarmine University (USA)

Student Advocate of the Year, May 2005, Bellarmine University

Summer Research Fellowship Award, June 2011, University of Oxford

Tutor of the Year (Nominee), June 2015, Edge Hill University, Lancashire

Membership of external committees

Institutional Review Board Development Committee, 2001-03, Chairperson

Expert Member for Academic Roles in International Education, ISEP, 2017.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Member of the APA's History of Psychology Society

Member of the APA's Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Member of TSC group, The Science of Consciousness

Professional licences and certificates

Human Research Protections Certification, 2003, Bellarmine University (USA)

ORCID number