Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics
Igor Bascandziev joined the Department of Psychology at Reed College in 2017 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology. He has earned his doctoral degree in Human Development and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011. After acquiring his degree, he has spent three years teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lycoming College and at Clark University. Next, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and then a Mind Brain Behavior Research Associate, also at Harvard University. Dr. Bascandziev’s primary research interest is conceptual development. Humans, unlike any other animal, have an extraordinarily rich conceptual repertoire. Understanding the learning mechanisms and cognitive resources involved in the construction of scientific and mathematical concepts is one of the primary goals of his research program. Dr. Bascandziev’s teaching is closely related to his research. He teaches courses that are at the intersection of developmental psychology, cognitive science, science education, and history of science. Recently, he was awarded the George W. Goethals Award, recognizing excellence in teaching in the psychology sophomore tutorial program at Harvard University.