Dr. Dale Stout - Faculty

Dr. Dale Stout - Faculty

Dr. Dale Stout

Full Professor
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2440
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B.Sc. (Calgary), M.Sc. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)

Dr. Stout has been a member of the department since 1987. Presently he is teaching courses in Statistics, History of Psychology and Learning & Memory. Given his background in the history and philosophy of science, his research interests focus on the history of psychology (19th Century British Psychology, Ancient Greek Philosophy/Psychology) and knowledge generating practices (history of statistics and research design). These interests compliment and enrich the perspective from which he teaches his courses. Dr. Stout has been a recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Award (2003).



Professor Stout’s research in philosophy deals primarily with topics in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of science and ancient thought. His published work lies in the area of psychology. But he has made regular presentations to the Philosophy Department – most recently at a conference on Plato’s Meno sponsored by the Bishop’s Plato Group. His current projects include a book length study of philosopher/psychologist James Ward and a set of short stories.


  1. Dr. Stout’s most recent interest rests with sorting through Plato’s psychology, and in particular, the way Plato approached learning and memory. Although it is clear that this topic runs through most of the Dialogues, Dr. Stout has been drawn to Plato’s Meno and the demonstration of learning featured in that dialogue with the slave boy.  He presented a paper on this topic to a conference on the Meno held in 2003. Presently Dr. Stout is outlining a larger study that will bring together Plato’s three Dialogues the Gorgias, Protagoras and Meno to clarify Plato’s sense of what it means to learn and to be taught.  Dr. Stout is a long time member of the Plato Group meets every Friday to read through the Dialogues.
    “The Drama of the Double Square: Meno 80a-86d” Paper presented to a conference on Plato’s Meno held at Bishop’s University, 2003.
  2. While doing his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Stout worked with members of the Science Studies Unit, Dr. Donald Mackenzie in particular. The ‘sociology of knowledge’ perspective of the Science Studies Unit informed Dr. Stout’s early research into the history of statistics. Dr. Stout keeps an active interest in statistics mainly through teaching and helping students and faculty with their research analyses.  Although he has not kept an active research profile in publishing on statistics, he remains involved as a reviewer of publications on statistics.
    “Louis Leon Thurston”.  American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1999.”Truman Lee Kelley”.  American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1999.”Bedrock Metaphysics, Fossil Fuel Psychophysics” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16 160-161, 1993.“E.G. Boring, C. Murchison and Clark University: Research Practice and Practical Politics.” Recent Trends in Theoretical Psychology, volume III, 389-396. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1993.”Teaching Statistics: Mapping the Landscapes of Inference.” Paper presented to the Canadian Psychological Association meeting at Calgary, June, 1991.”E.G. Boring’s review of Brigham’s A Study of American Intelligence: A case study in the politics of reviews.” Social Studies of Science. 21 133-142, 1991.”A question of statistical inference: E.G. Boring, T.L. Kelley, and the probable error.”  American Journal of Psychology. 102, pp. 549-562, 1989.
  3. Dr. Stout became interested in the history of psychology while an undergraduate at the University of Calgary, principally due to the influence of Dr. Robert Weyant.  His first serious study of an historical topic was undertaken as a Master’s Thesis, which focused on the 19th Century British Psychologist James Ward. Dr. Stout’s interest in Ward remains to this day. He thinks that Ward was an exemplary thinker, particularly about the nature of science and psychology in the 19th century. Dr. Stout has gathered archival material and notes over the years in an effort to write a book length study of Ward.
    “The Irreducibility of the Subject: James Ward’s Psychology and Philosophy of Mind.”  Department of Philosophy Colloquium, University of Ottawa. Invited paper, March 7, 1997.”Between Physiology and Philosophy: The Critical Psychology of James Ward.”  Department of Psychology Colloquium Series, University of Calgary. March 29, 1996.”James Ward’s Psychology of ‘Feeling'”. Department of Psychology Colloquium Series, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. February 20, 1996.
  4. As a member of a small department, Dr. Stout is actively involved in the research of other members of the Department as well as with the Honour’s students. This has led to an array of publications on diverse topics. He enjoys the cooperative nature of working in a small department and sharing ideas across the broad field of psychology. Dr. Stout believes that we become informed about the wide spectrum of psychology not simply through reading, but by participating in research.
    J. Thwaites, S.J. McKelvie, D. Stout (2007)  “Imagery Vividness, Spatial Ability, and Verbal Memory in Dances Compared to Other Athletes and Non-Athletes.  Journal of Mental Imagery 31(3&4) 123-138. Marilyne. Brodeur, A.F. de Man, Dale Stout (2006) Athletic Style of Dress and Perceived Social Distance@  North American Journal of Psychology 8 (No. 3), 541-548.S. Harvey, C. Blouin, D. Stout (2005) Proactive personality as a moderator of outcomes for young workers experiencing conflict at work.@  Personality and Individual Differences 40 1063-1074.S. Harvey, M. Royal, D. Stout (2003) Instructor’s Transformational Leadership: University Student Attitudes and Ratings.@ Psychological Reports 92 385-402.P. Lemieux, S.J. McKelvie, & D. Stout (2002) Self-reported Hostile Aggression in Contact   Athletes, No Contact Athletes and Non-Athletes.@  Athletic Insight 4 (3) An Online Journal of Sport Psychology.N. Bourdon, S.J. McKelvie & D. Stout (2001) Extraversion and the rebound effect after thought suppression. @ Psychological Reports  88 1119-1120.Stuart McKelvie, Elaine Sano, Dale Stout.(1994) “Effects of Colored Separate and Interactive Pictures on Cued Recall.”  The Journal of General Psychology 121 (1994) 241-251.

    Katherine Robinson and Dale Stout (1992) “Children’s understanding of an arithmetic    principle.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological       Association, Quebec City, Quebec. June.

    Anton. de Man, Vincent. Hall & Dale Stout (1991) “Neurotic Nucleus and Test Anxiety.”  Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied. 125 (1991) 671-675.

    Anton de Man, Vincent Hall & Dale Stout (1990) Family Environment and Multidimensional Locus of Control. @  Social Behavior and Personality  18 197-200.

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