I got my Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 working with Kenneth Kotovsky and Jonathan Cagan. I then completed a postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh with Christian Schunn and Walter Schneider before moving to Mississippi State University in 2008. My research interests involve understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms of problem solving and learning/skill acquisition. I have studied creative/insightful problem solving, problem solving in engineering design, and skill acquisition in the areas of discourse comprehension and multitasking.
My research interests are in experts’ ability to anticipate future events. I am particularly interested in how experts’ generate and select appropriate courses of action in dynamic and time-pressured situations. I also research insight problem-solving processes in an attempt to define the neural mechanism(s) invovled when solving a problem via insight as opposed to a search strategy. I graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology in 2010. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Cognitive Science program in the Psychology department at MSU. I am also a active member of the Cognitive Science Society.
I received my B.S in Psychology and B.A. in Mathematics from UCSD in 2009. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Cognitive Science program in the Psychology department at MSU. My current research is focused on metacomprehension, specifically how people make metacomprehension judgments and how can we improve metacomprehension accuracy. I also am involved in research looking at skill transfer and finding neural correlates for metacognitive processing.
I received my B.S. in Psychology from Southern University in 2009 and an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. My current research is focused on the neurocognitive processes of decision making. More specifically, I am investigating the neural activity that underlies different multi-attribute preference decisions. My research also explores the neural and cognitive differences among preference decisions with various degrees of difficulty.
I received a BA in English and a BA in Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2008. I completed my PhD at MSU in 2016. My current research is focused on exploring the cognitive mechanisms of multitasking ability. This research has included the use of fMRI techniques in order to identify neurological markers of performance differences. My upcoming dissertation research will explore interruption recovery training. I also have research interests in reading comprehension and the relationship between language and thought.
A number of undergraduate research assistants work in the lab. Currently, our undergraduate members for Fall 2016 are:
- Seth Thomas
- Mukhunth Raghavan
- Brittany Barton
- Shaquela Hargrove
- Robert Dandass
- Darby Neal
- Lauryn Runyan