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Thomas Brothen
Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology and Social Sciences
General College, University of Minnesota

Thomas Brothen currently teaches general psychology and the psychology of human development at the General College of the University of Minnesota. He also teaches introductory psychology in the Department of Psychology, and research and methods in the College of Education. His research interests include developmental education, student performance and academic progress, and computer-assisted instructional methods. Brothen is the author of two books and nine study guides related to the teaching of general psychology, and he has written over 60 journal articles and book chapters, including 30 specifically related to teaching psychology with the Personalized System of Instruction in a computer-based environment.

Brothen received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1976, focusing on interpersonal attraction in his early research program. He has used computers in teaching since 1974, when he developed a mainframe computer exercise on experimental methods for his introductory psychology class.

His passion outside of the university is working on his family tree farm in Northern Minnesota. A lifetime Minnesotan, Brothen currently lives in Plymouth, a suburb northwest of Minneapolis.

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