Teaching & Mentoring

Dr. Yamasaki’s teaching and mentoring philosophy is motivated by both her diverse experiences and her program of research. Her empirically-based practices, which involve using multiple mediums when teaching, developing student-centered lessons, and incorporating critical-thinking activities that broaden students’ perspectives, are guided by the principle that student engagement is essential to facilitating learning.

For quick reference, a list of the courses Dr. Yamasaki’s has taught is listed below. A PDF version of her full C.V. is available for download here.


Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive Psychology

Undergraduate Peer-Teaching Experience


“Dr. Yamasaki is a lecturer who does not lecture…she explores different topics alongside her students.” – Undergraduate student

“As a teacher, Dr. Yamasaki continuously encouraged creative thinking through inspiring open discussions relating to course topics…[she] fostered original ideas by praising all novel thoughts and participation within class.” – Graduate student

“When we dove into heavy course material, Dr. Yamasaki taught with clarity and eloquence unmatched by some lecturers twenty years her senior.” – Undergraduate student

“As a supervisor, Dr. Yamasaki was exceedingly reliable and available to help her mentees, set clear expectations, and was never short of encouraging and supportive in her interactions with mentees and other lab members. She exceeded every expectation I had of a mentor in academic research, and undoubtedly serves as a role model not only to myself, but for many others.” – Undergraduate research assistant