Choosing Study Strategies

Supervising Faculty: Scott Fraundorf


Contact:
Rachel Peters
rac123@pitt.edu
621 Learning Research and Development Center


Area of Research: Cognitive


Description of Research:

Have you ever wondered what the best way to study is? There are several different ways to study, such as breaking the material up into chunks or cramming right before an exam.   It’s hard to know what’s most effective, and even harder to study in the most effective way.  This is especially true when there are so many distractions in today’s interconnected world.  We’re conducting research to understand the best learning techniques, and people’s motivations when choosing study methods.  Our research primarily uses behavioral/cognitive experiments both in the lab and on the Web.  

Duties of Students: 
* Assist in experimental stimuli creation (such as helping to find facts or prose passages)
* Help collect data (e.g. running participants through experiments)
* Code and/or analyze data from studies
* Help pilot experiments to look for errors and provide feedback
* Read scientific papers from this area of research and discuss them in lab meetings.

Requirements:
Students must complete the following prerequisites before the start of PSY 1903*:
Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
STAT 0200/1000/1100- Statistics
PSY 0035- Research Methods in Psychology


Terms offered: fall and spring

Number of Students: 2


Additional Information: Check out our lab page: http://www.maple-lab.org