Department of Psychology



I have had the good fortune to work at Smith College, an institution that prides itself on excellence in teaching. I have continued to learn from my colleagues at Smith, and now from colleagues dedicated to teaching at other instituions. A fantastic resource is the faculty involved in Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience or FUN. On this page I hope to share a few insights, but also to encourage continued dialogue.

Publications Related to Teaching

Harrington, M.E., The Design of Experiments in Neuroscience, Wadsworth/Thomson Publishers, 2006. link

A.C. Hall and M.E. Harrington, ‘Experimental Methods in Neuroscience’: an undergraduate neuroscience laboratory course for teaching ethical issues, laboratory techniques, experimental design and analysis, The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 2 (2003) A1-A7. link

Harrington, M., Anderson, A.P., Hall, A.C., Teaching research skills to students in neuroscience, Soc. for Nsci, 20.13, 2005. poster

Sandstrom, NJ, Turgeon, SM, George, SA, Thornton, JE, Smith, DA, Hall, AC, Harrington, ME, A comparison of neuroscience programs at Amherst, Oberlin, Smith, and Williams College, Soc. Nsci, 2004, 28.17.


Parkinson's Disease Seminar

Listen to the podcasts prepared by students in the 2008 Parkinson's Disease Seminar:

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Biological Rhythms Seminar

Brain States

Experimental Methods in Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience

Mary Harrington


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