Ph.D. (1988) Experimental Psychology
University of Michigan
Professor of Psychology,
Associate Chair, and Undergraduate Coordinator
School of Psychology
Member of the
Graphics, Visualization, and Usability (GVU) Center
Chair-Elect of the
Cognitive Science Society
- I received my BA from Grinnell College in 1982
and my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan
My research interests include:
- Creating examples to help learners form meaningful and
generalizable solution procedures. I and the students in my
lab have explored this issue in domains ranging from probability
and physics to ballet.
- The use of task analysis techniques for identifying what
a person needs to learn in order to solve problems or carry out
procedures in some domain.
- Using information from task analyses to
guide the construction of teaching and training materials including
computer-based (multimedia) instructional environments.
- Exploring technology such as animations and
agents (ECAs) for improving interfaces and helping people learn and
carry out tasks more easily.
- Analogical Reasoning