Seven ages of Max. Andy Young Psychology University of York England. Maxschrift, MACCS March 2009. Overview. Max Coltheart is a towering figure in cognitive psychology.
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University of York
During the period covered by Max’s career, cognitive psychology has itself grown enormously – metamorphosing into the much grander and all-embracing cognitive science – a development that many fear has represented a takeover of the core psychology curriculum for which Max has been in no small part responsible.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”
Seven ages of Max...
“At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;"
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.”
1965-1966: lecturing at University of Sydney
1967-1969: lecturing at Monash University
Participants viewed a disc of light and judged its distance.
All visual distance cues other than retinal size eliminated:
M X N K
D H P Z
Visual memory without cueing
With a cue immediately after presentation, the cued item can be reported, leading to Sperling's idea of a short-lived 'iconic' visual memory store
Shift to Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) and other paradigms
1969-1972: University of Waterloo, Canada
1972-1975: University of Reading, UK
It took a while to get used to life in the opposite hemisphere…
BPS invited paper – Imperial College, London, December 1973 – “The organisation of word recognition”
We can use more than one way of converting print into sounds - the corner stone of dual-route models of reading
AnD sO iS mIxEd CaSe
The orthographic neighbourhood – aka Coltheart’s N
Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Marshall and Newcombe 1973 - deep dyslexia
The first deep dyslexia meeting
Defining the field and its approach:
and founding the journal…
1987-1997: Macquarie University
2000 onwards: MACCS
A national treasure…
The picture of
“Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything”
Thanks to Veronika, Anne and other spies and informants...
And thanks to Max, for so much inspiration on so many levels!