John Paul Minda of Western UniversityCognitive psychologist John Paul Minda of Western University will lead a colloquium Thursday, Dec. 8.

Conceptualizing cognition subject of colloquium

Cognitive psychologist John Paul Minda has been studying the mind and brain for over 20 years and has written extensively on the topic of how people think. On Dec. 8 he will present a talk titled “Six different ways to carve nature at its joints” as part of the psychology department’s colloquium series.

An author, award-winning lecturer, and professor of psychology at Western University, Dr. Minda directs his academic research at understanding how we organize our experiences into categories and concepts and how these concepts influence our behaviours, plans, and decisions.

Minda teaches on many topics related to cognitive psychology and was the 2020 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Western. He is also the author of the best-selling textbook The Psychology of Thinking, now in its second edition, and the popular non-fiction book How to Think.

His talk will be held over Zoom at 4 p.m. on Thursday. For additional information, contact Prof. Patti Fritz at

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