Dr Alan Collins

Senior Lecturer

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.

A history of human neuropsychology in the United Kingdom
Collins, A.F. 07/2016 In: Oxford Handbook of History of Clinical Neuropsychology. Oxford : Oxford University Press 39 p. Electronic ISBN: 9780199765683.
Chapter

Commentary: Sir Frederic Bartlett, the Bartlett lecture, and an unwanted k
Collins, A.F. 2016 In: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology . 69, 3, 2 p.
Comment/debate

Neuropsychology
Collins, A., Rankin, P., MacMillan, T. 1/12/2015 In: Clinical psychology in Britain. Leicester : British Psychological Society ISBN: 9781854337313.
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Response styles, bipolar risk, and mood in students: the Behaviours Checklist
Fisk, C., Dodd, A., Collins, A. 12/2015 In: Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 88, 4, p. 412-426. 15 p.
Journal article

Self-esteem before William James: phrenology's forgotten faculty
Turner, G., Condor, S., Collins, A. 02/2014 In: Psychology and history. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781107034310. Electronic ISBN: 9781107777033.
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Advice for improving memory: exercising, strengthening, and cultivating natural memory, 1860–1910
Collins, A. 2014 In: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. 50, 1, p. 37-57. 21 p.
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Multiple roles of motor imagery during action observation
Vogt, S., Di Rienzo, F., Collet, C., Collins, A., Guillot, A. 25/11/2013 In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7
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The reputation of Kenneth James William Craik
Collins, A. 05/2013 In: History of Psychology. 16, 2, p. 93-111. 19 p.
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Memory and the psychologists
Collins, A. 02/2013 In: History of the Human Sciences. 26, 1, 11 p.
Book/Film/Article review

An asymmetric relationship: The spirit of Kenneth Craik and the work of Warren McCulloch
Collins, A. 09/2012 In: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. 37, 3, p. 254-268. 15 p.
Journal article

England
Collins, A. 2012 In: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Psychology: Global Perspectives. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 182-210. 29 p. ISBN: 9780195366556.
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Sentence memorability reveals the mental representations involved in processing spatial descriptions
Fleming, P., Ball, L.J., Ormerod, T.C., Collins, A.F. 2011 In: Thinking and Reasoning. 17, 1, p. 30-56. 27 p.
Journal article

The legacy of the 38 witnesses and the importance of getting history right
Manning, R., Levine, M., Collins, A. 09/2008 In: American Psychologist. 63, 6, 2 p.
Editorial

From H=logsn to conceptual framework: A short history of the concept of information.
Collins, A.F. 1/01/2007 In: History of Psychology. 10, p. 44-72. 29 p.
Journal article

The Kitty Genovese Murder and the Social psychology of helping: the parable of the 38 witnesses.
Levine, R.M., Collins, A., Manning, R. 1/01/2007 In: American Psychologist. 62, 6, p. 555-562. 8 p.
Journal article

Sir Frederic Charles Bartlett
Collins, A. 2007 In: New Dictionary of Scientific Biography.
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Analogue versus propositional representation in congenitally blind individuals.
Ball, L.J., Collins, A.F., Fleming, P., Ormerod, T.C. 1/12/2006 In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 13, 6, p. 1049-1055. 7 p.
Journal article

The embodiment of reconciliation: order and change in the works of Frederic Bartlett.
Collins, A.F. 1/11/2006 In: History of Psychology. 9, 4, p. 290-312. 23 p.
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Enhancing 2-D tactile picture design from knowledge of 3-D haptic object recognition.
Thompson, L.J., Chronicle, E.P., Collins, A.F. 1/04/2006 In: European Psychologist. 11, 2, p. 110-118. 9 p.
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An intimate connection: Oliver Zangwill and the rise of British neuropsychology.
Collins, A.F. 1/01/2006 In: History of Psychology. 9, p. 89-112. 24 p.
Journal article

The pathological gambler and the government of gambling.
Collins, A. 2006 In: The sociology of risk and gambling reader.. New York : Routledge p. 355-390. 36 p.
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Feeling Pictures: The Roles of Pictorial Convention & Visual Knowledge in Haptic Picture Perception.
Thompson, L.J., Chronicle, E.P., Collins, A.F. 2004 In: Touch, blindness and neuroscience. Madrid : UNED Press 237 p. ISBN: 8436248872.
Chapter

Spatial representation and processing in the congenitally blind.
Fleming, P., Ball, L.J., Collins, A.F., Ormerod, T.C. 2004 Madrid : UNED Press, 12 p.
Working paper

The role of pictorial convention in haptic picture perception.
Thompson, L.J., Chronicle, E.P., Collins, A.F. 3/04/2003 In: Perception. 32, 7, p. 887-893. 7 p.
Journal article

The Psychology of Memory.
Collins, A.F. 2001 In: Psychology in Britain: historical essays & personal reflections. London : BPS & Science Museum 150 p. ISBN: 1 85433 332 1.
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The enduring appeal of physiognomy: physical appearance as a sign of temperament, character, and intelligence.
Collins, A.F. 1999 In: History of Psychology. 2, p. 251-257. 7 p.
Journal article

Resisting a diagnostic technique: the case of reflex anal dilatation.
Collins, A.F., Kendall, G., Michael, M. 01/1998 In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 20, 1, p. 1-28. 28 p.
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Conversation completion as a site for footing disputes.
Antaki, C., Diaz, F., Collins, A.F. 1998 In: Proceedings of the sixth congress of the international association for dialogue analysis.
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Constituting risk: psychology, medicine and child welfare.
Kendall, G., Collins, A.F., Michael, M. 1997 In: Journal of Applied Social Behaviour. 4, 1, p. 15-27. 13 p.
Journal article

Keeping your footing: conversational completion in three-part sequences.
Antaki, C., Díaz, F., Collins, A.F. 1996 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 25, 2, p. 151-171. 21 p.
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Recollections of true and false autobiographical memories.
Conway, M.A., Collins, A.F., Gathercole, S.E., Anderson, S.J. 1996 In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 125, 1, p. 69-95. 27 p.
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The pathological gambler and the government of gambling.
Collins, A.F. 1996 In: History of the Human Sciences. 9, 3, p. 69-100. 32 p.
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Using completion to formulate a statement collectively.
Díaz, F., Antaki, C., Collins, A.F. 1996 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 26, 4, p. 525-542. 18 p.
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