Alan  Garnham Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Alan Garnham

Professor of Experimental Psychology
University of Sussex

I studied at the University of Sussex for my DPhil with Phil Johnson-Laird, starting in 1977. Since 1985 I have been back at Sussex in a Faculty Position. My main interests are in Psycholinguistics, particularly anaphora, and the mental models approach to that phenomenon. I'm also interested in Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making, and I teach Research Methods.


I took a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Oxford (St John's College) from 1974 to 1977. I then studied for a DPhil with Phil Johnson-Laird at the University of Sussex from 1977-1981, including one year at the Center for Cognitive Science, University of Texas at Austin (1979-1980), where I took classes in Psychology, Linguistics, and Computer Science, wrote my DPhil thesis ("Mental Models as Representations of Discourse and Text"), and carried out some experiments on referential continuity and coherence of texts. After a six month temporary lectureship and Sussex, I became a postdoctoral research fellow there for two years, before spending another 2 years as a member of faculty at the University of Reading. Since 1985, I have been back at Sussex as lecturer (to 1994), reader (to 1999), and professor.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Psycholinguistics, especially anaphora, inference, and comprehension
    Thinking and Reasoning
    Research Methods (Quantitative)

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