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Bradley Harding


​Bradley Harding, B.Sc. (Hons.) (UOttawa), M.A./Ph.D. (UOttawa)

Assistant professor

Phone: (709) 637-6222


Personal research web page


My research expertise lies in Perception and Cognition. More specifically, I focus on identifying the mental mechanisms behind certain fundamental cognitive processes and then trying to rebuild them through a computer! In other words, I love taking things apart to pinpoint and understand how they work on a cognitive and neuronal level.

Presently, I teach Survey of Cognitive Psychology, Contemporary Issues in Memory and Cognition, and Introduction to Psychology. I also highly enjoy supervising senior undergraduate projects!

Research interests and expertise

Fundamental cognitive processes, cognitive modelling, statistics education and neural networks

Representative publications

(Up to 10 citations) Cousineau, D., Harding, B. (2018). Pourquoi les statistiques sont-elles difficiles à enseigner et à comprendre? Quelques réflexions. Revue de Psychoéducation, 46(2), 397-419. Doi : 10.7202/1042257ar

Harding, B., LeBlanc, V., Goulet, M.A., & Cousineau, D. (2017). Chapter 13: Applying Systems Factorial Technology to accumulators with varying thresholds. In Yang, C. T., Fific, M., Altieri, N., Little, D. (eds.), Systems Factorial Technology: A theory driven methodology for the identification of perceptual and cognitive mechanisms (pp. 271-290). San Diego, CA: Elsevier Publishing. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-804315-8.00016-1

Harding, B., Goulet, M.A., Cousineau, D., & Chartier, S. (2017). Are Recurrent Associative Memories good models of decision making? Modelling discrimination decisions from different perspectives. In B. Howell (Eds.), International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (pp. 2621-2628). Anchorage, AK: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/IJCNN.2017.7966176

Harding, B., Cousineau, D. (2016). GSD: An SPSS extension command for sub-sampling and bootstrapping datasets. The Quantitative Methods for Psychology, 12(2), 138-146. doi: 10.20982/tqmp.12.2.p138

Cousineau, D., Thivierge, J.-P., Harding, B., Lacouture, Y. (2016). Constructing a group distribution from individual distributions. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(3), 253-277. doi: 10.1037/cep0000069

Harding, B., Goulet, M.A., Jolin, S., Tremblay, C., Villeneuve, S. P, Durand, G. (2016). Systems Factorial Technology explained to humans. The Quantitative Methods for Psychology, 12(1): 39-59. doi: 10.20982/tqmp.12.1.p039

Harding, B., Cousineau, D. (2015) GRD 2.0: An extended SPSS extension command for generating random data. The Quantitative Methods for Psychology. 11(3): 127-138. doi: 10.20982/tqmp.11.3.p127

Harding, B., Tremblay, C., Cousineau, D. (2015) The standard error of the Pearson skew. The Quantitative Methods for Psychology. 11(1): 32-36. doi: 10.20982/tqmp.11.1.p032

Harding, B., Cousineau, D. (2014) GRD: An SPSS Extension command for generating random data. The Quantitative Methods for Psychology. 10(2): 80-94. doi: 10.20982/tqmp.10.2.p080

Harding, B., Tremblay, C., Cousineau, D. (2014) Standard Errors: A review and evaluation of standard error estimators using Monte Carlo simulations. The Quantitative Methods for Psychology. 10(2): 107-123. doi: 10.20982/tqmp.10.2.p107

Recent awards

2018 – Nominated for Ph.D. Thesis prize, University of Ottawa

2017 – Pierre Baron Memorial Award for Excellence in Research, University of Ottawa

2016 – Post-Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC

Current research projects and grants

My current research project focuses on modelling the Same-Different task – a seemingly simple task in which participants must judge whether two successive strings of letters are the "Same" or "Different." While the task may be easy to complete, we still don't fully understand how our brain compares both stimuli so efficiently with little to no errors!

I am also very interested in statistics education and what we can do to improve the quantitative methods classroom!

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Phone: (709) 637-6215
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