Jordan Taylor
Whitaker 100 @ 4:00 pm
Roddy Roediger
Psychology Building, Room 216A & 216B @ 4:00 pm
Ian Dobbins
Psychology Building, Room 216A & 216B @ 4:00 pm
Steven M. Smith
Psychology Building, Room 216A & 216B @ 4:00 pm
Jennifer L. Tackett, Ph.D.
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
May 2, 2014

Balota to receive 2014 faculty achievement awards

Balota, a member of the faculty here since 1985, is a cognitive psychologist known for his work on the critical role of attentional control systems in memory, language, and in age-related changes in cognition in healthy aging and in individuals who have developed (or are likely to develop) dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.

In collaboration with researchers at the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, his work has recently demonstrated sensitivity of attentional control measures to biomarkers that are accumulating in individuals before the onset of dementia. 

March 20, 2014

How to learn better at any age

You’re studying wrong. But don’t worry, it’s not too late to get much, much better.

PEOPLE COMMONLY BELIEVE that if you expose yourself to something enough times — say, a textbook passage or a set of terms from biology class — you can burn it into memory. Not so. Many teachers believe that if they can make learning easier and faster, the learning will be better. Much research turns this belief on its head: When learning is harder, it’s stronger and lasts longer. It’s widely believed by teachers, trainers, and coaches that the most effective way to master a new skill is to give it dogged, single-minded focus, practicing over and over until you’ve got it down. What’s apparent from research is that gains achieved during such practice are transitory and melt away quickly.