My program of research focuses on improving memory, understanding, and reasoning with complex concepts and materials. Much of my research thus far has investigated the utility of example-based techniques for supporting abstract concept learning (e.g., availability heuristic, positive reinforcement, internal validity). More recently, I have been interested in how people spontaneously recognize and use knowledge in contexts that differ drastically from the context in which knowledge was originally learned. I am also interested in using principles of cognitive psychology to improve education, identifying individual differences that interact with normatively effective learning techniques, and enhancing scientific literacy in the general public.
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