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Dr Alan Collins

Senior Lecturer

Alan Collins

Fylde College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YF

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593826


PhD supervision

I would consider supervising any project on the history of psychology but particularly histories of psychological concepts and histories examining the role of psychology in British society in the twentieth century.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in history of psychology and psychiatry. In particular, I am interested in how psychology has adopted and changed concepts, such as memory, and how understanding the history of a concept gives us insight into how it is currently being used.  More generally, I am interested in how psychological ideas and practices might cahnge how we view ourselves and others.  I am also interested in how psychology has evolved in the UK and how examining this history can help us better understand matters such as the role of psychology in modern British society, the relationships between intellectual and craft skills, and disciplinary demarcation.  

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