Research in this lab focuses on the conditions that support or interfere with learning. A statement that is intentionally vague and wide open because I have many research interests. In the Research Lab we examine factors such as the:
There are several active projects outlined below.
This program of research is investigating:
More specifically, research in this space addresses the following questions:
Within this area of study concepts from cognitive psychology are used in authentic classroom situations to examine their impact on student learning. For example:
"My research interests involve investigating the factors that facilitate and impede student learning. Factors including our prior knowledge, the feedback we receive, the strategies used to deliver the content, and the conditions we find ourselves in when we are learning."
Ashley is interested in improving our understanding of students’ psychological processes (social, cognitive, and affective, as well as how they work in tandem) in authentic learning contexts. She wants to use this knowledge to inform pedagogy, develop data-drive interventions, and improve social/environmental supports to promote student engagement, resilience, and well-being.
Shelby’s research focuses on the intersection between social and educational elements of psychology with specific interest in collaborative learning, academic feedback, and intercultural competence in undergraduate classrooms. With aims of becoming a professor someday, Shelby aspires to complete research projects that will give her future students a better classroom experience.