Dr. Dunbar Kevin

Dr. Dunbar Kevin


University of Maryland College Park
Washington, United States of America

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Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, and ctor of the Laboratory for Complex Thinking & Scientific Reasoning: Genes, Brains & Cognition at the University of Maryland. For over 20 years he has been investigating the ways that people think and reason in complex environments and has focused on creative thinking in science and the performing arts. He has investigated leading molecular biologists in the US, Canada, and Italy. Hehas discovered some of the key strategies that scientists use to make discoveries. He also conducts research on scientific thinking in his own laboratory to further probe the scientific thinking strategies that he has seen creative scientists use "live." In addition, he has also conducted research on the development of scientific thinking abilities in children. Currently, he is using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) techniques to unravel the ways that the human brain reasons and changes as a function of educational experience. He is also pioneering the use of DNA microarrays (also known as genechips) and DNA genotyping to understand the genetics of learning and creative cognition. Using these different approaches, professor Dunbar has been able to articulate the nature of the creative mind and its many facets.

Academic positions:

Education 1. 1985 – 1988: Postdoc, Psychology; Carnegie Mellon University 2. 1980 – 1985: PhD, Attention and automaticity ; University of Toronto 3. 1974 – 1979: B.A., M.A., Psychology; University College Dublin Experience 1. September 2011 – Present: Professor; University of Maryland College Park 2. 2007 – September 2011: Professor; University of Toronto 3. 2001 – 2007: Professor; Dartmouth College 4. 2004 – 2006: Co-Principle Investigator at National Science Foundation's "Science of Learning Center" at Dartmouth; Dartmouth College 5. 1988 – 2001: Professor; McGill University 6. 1998 – 1999: Visiting Professor; Universita Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano Italy 7. 1991 – 1992: Visiting Professor; Stanford University 8. 1979 – 1980: Assistant Research Officer; ANCO, Dublin Ireland, Psychological Testing Division

Research interests:

Expert on "the science of science". Uses multiple techniques to uncover the ways that people can reason creatively in high stress industries such as biotechnology laboratories. He uses protocol analysis, fMRI, NIRS, DNA genotyping, DNA microarrays as well as reaction time, and qualitative research methodologies to gain insights into ways that scientists, students, and the general public can be trained to think effectively and coherently in multiple contexts.

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