Farhad Dastur

B.Sc. (UBC), M.Sc. (Dalhousie), PhD (Dalhousie)
Farhad's photo (Tynehead)
Surrey Office: Surrey Main, 2881-7
Surrey Campus: 604-599-3296

My name is Dr. Farhad Dastur ("Dr. D"). How the mind works has always fascinated me. Do all people perceive the world the same way or are there differences? Why are some people so creative? How can we improve mental health and well-being? My curiosity led me to higher education: first a BSc in Psychology from UBC, then a Master’s and a PhD in Psychology from Dalhousie University. For my thesis, I investigated smell sensitivity during pregnancy. I was testing an evolutionary theory that proposed that morning sickness was a defense mechanism designed to protect the baby-to-be from toxins found in the mother’s diet. Finally, I was combining my interests in perception, experimental psychology, and evolution all in one study!

Today, I work as a faculty member and Principal Investigator of The Virtual Reality Lab.  My research interests are in human factors, perception, evolutionary psychology, and virtual reality. On the education side, I am an advocate for open education and nature-based education. A peak experience was teaching a field school to the Amazon where students encountered the culture of Colombia and the biodiversity of the world’s greatest rainforest and river ecosystem.  I am also passionate about communicating ideas to the public. Check out my talks at: www.farhaddastur.com

Courses taught

  • PSYC 1100 - Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
  • PSYC 1200 - Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications
  • PSYC 2300 - Applied Statistics
  • PSYC 2315 - Brain and Behaviour
  • PSYC 2375 - Perception
  • PSYC 2385 - Cognition
  • PSYC 2400 - Research Methodology
  • PSYC 3800 - Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSYC 3950 - Cognitive Ergonomics
  • PSYC 4200 - Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • PSYC 4900/4995 - Honours Thesis

Areas of Interest

Virtual or Augmented Reality, Human Factors, Perception, Evolutionary Psychology.

"I am interested in supervising honours students."

Scholarly Work