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Reading + Language Lab


The primary questions addressed in the Reading and Language Lab concern the relations amongst language and memory, with a focus on understanding and improving learning during reading. In addition to these core issues, the lab is also involved with the development and application of technology-based interventions and assessments.


  • Experiments designed to determine the conditions that promote successful change of pre-existing beliefs in the context of the Knowledge Revision Components framework (KReC; Kendeou and O'Brien, 2014), including individual differences (e.g., executive functions) and text characteristics (genre, source credibility).
  • Developmental studies of higher-order language and cognitive skills that support reading comprehension
  • Design of technology-based, comprehension interventions and assessments for young readers (Project TELCI/ELCII funded by the Institute of Education Sciences).
  • Reducing misinformation about vaccinations and autism spectrum disorder (Global Signature Program).
  • Experiments designed to understand the implications of digitization on reading instruction, assessment, and opinion formation and change (Project E-READ)

"We are driven to understand and improve reading comprehension and learning from texts, while also identifying conditions that can reduce the impact of misinformation and misconceptions during reading."

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Panayiota Kendeou
Lab director
Associate professor,psychological foundations of education program, Department of Educational Psychology

Emphasis: Learning and cognition/educational technologies

View recent Reading and Language Lab publications on Dr. Kendeou's page.

Research group

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Joseph Aubele Lab manager

Joseph is the R + L manager and is interested in educational and developmental factors of language.

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Reese Butterfuss PhD graduate student, psychological foundations: learning and cognition/educational technologies

Reese investigates learning from texts and knowledge revision. The focus of his work is on understanding individual differences in executive functions and their influence on the underlying processes and mechanisms of learning from texts that are designed to facilitate knowledge revision.

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Sarah Cox PhD graduate student, psychology: cognitive and brain sciences

Sarah investigates the processes involved in and effects of reading and narrative comprehension on belief and attitude formation and revision, particularly regarding the influence of diction - such as the use of figurative language (e.g., metaphor).

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Jasmine Kim PhD graduate student, psychological foundations: learning and cognition/educational technologies

Jasmine is interested in investigating higher order cognitive processes involved in deriving meaning from texts and how these processes can inform current theoretical models of reading comprehension.

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Kelsey Will PhD graduate student, psychological foundations: learning and cognition/educational technologies

Kelsey investigates the development of reading and language skills in young children, as well as the development of effective instructional approaches and interventions for struggling readers. She also works on identifying the mechanisms by which causal explanations facilitate learning during reading.

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Bess Casey Wilke PhD graduate student, special education

Bess is interested in investigating cognitive processes involved in literacy development specifically concerning struggling learners. Furthermore, she seeks to develop effective instructional strategies and interventions to promote student success.

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Rina Miyata Harsch M. A. graduate student, psychological foundations: learning and cognition/educational technologies

Rina is interested in cognitive processes involved in reading comprehension and belief formation such as inference-making and inquiry, as well as skills involved in argumentation.


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Ignacio Máñez Sáez Visiting PhD graduate student (2016), University of Valencia, Spain

Ignacio’s research focuses on analyzing the cognitive and metacognitive processes young readers perform in task-oriented reading situations, as well as how students self-regulate feedback processing in digital learning environments. He is also interested in text relevance assessment. During his visit at the University of Minnesota, he will work on analyzing the use and effects of inferential formative feedback during learning from scientific texts in a digital environment.

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Marloes Muijselaar Visiting PhD graduate student (2015), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Marloes' research interest is reading comprehension, especially on reading comprehension tests. During her visit at the University of Minnesota, she will focus on the cognitive and linguistic demands of a curriculum based reading comprehension test (the CBM-Maze).

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Katinka Beker Visiting PhD graduate student (2014), Leiden University, The Netherlands

Katinka is interested in the cognitive processes involved in the development of reading comprehension and learning from text. During her visit at the UMN, she worked on a study that focused on learning and transfer from refutation texts.

Lab alumni

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Katherine Hock BSc (2018), psychology

Katherine is an undergraduate student working towards a psychology degree with interests in counseling and educational psychology.

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Tyler Szydlo BSc (2018), psychology

Tyler is an undergraduate senior pursuing a degree in psychology with interests in educational and clinical psychology.

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Elly Orcut BSc (2018), psychology

Elly is currently an undergraduate junior pursuing a degree in psychology with interests in educational, cognitive, and developmental psychology.

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Gregory Trevors Post-doctoral fellow (2015-2017), psychological foundations: learning and cognition/educational technologies

Gregory investigates the psychosocial factors underlying learning from educational texts on controversial socio-scientific issues such as evolution, climate change, and genetically modified foods. In particular, he examines individual differences in cognitive processes, emotions, beliefs about knowledge and knowing, and self-identity as factors relating to the success or failure of controversial text comprehension and knowledge revision.

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Jessica Van Gilder MA (2017), liberal studies

Jessica's research in the lab investigated the differences between the cognitive processes and outcomes involved in reading fiction and nonfiction narratives.

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Bader Mohsen MA (2016), psychological foundations: learning and cognition/educational technologies

Bader's research in the lab focused on the impact of media technologies (such as iPads, Twitter, Youtube and video games) on reasoning, opinion formation, and change.

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Martin Van Boekel PhD (2016), psychological foundations: learning and cognition/educational technologies

Martin's research in the lab focused on the role source credibility in knowledge revision during reading.