In response to the increased use of personal technologies, such as laptops and cell phones in the classroom, instructors have begun to implement technology bans. The purpose of this essay is to review the evidence in favor of a technology ban, describe recent results which suggest a ban can be harmful to students’ engagement in the course, and to provide recommendations for instructors to aid in the development of a technology policy for their classrooms (http://teachpsych.org/E-xcellence-in-Teaching-Blog/5068179).
According to existing theories of context-driven control, participants unconsciously implement multiple control settings within a single task. In our paper entitled “Properties of Context-driven Control Revealed through the Analysis of Sequential Congruency Effects,” we find that sequential congruency effects (the reduction in the congruency effect following incongruent relative to congruent trials) are present within but not across control settings. In this way, participants are continually updating control settings over the course of an experiment. (link to .pdf)
Research conducted in the Cognitive Ctrl Lab assessing the impact of autobiographical growth narratives on women’s math performance was presented at the APS Annual Convention in Boston, MA on May 25th, 2017. In this work, we tested whether requiring women to write about a time in their life where they showed growth in some area (growth narrative) would lead to better performance in math. While performance improved relative to controls, the growth narrative condition lead to similar levels of performance compared with existing interventions. Future work will test the durability of growth narratives.
Research assistants Aileen and Sigi will be conducting research in the Cognitive Ctrl Lab this summer as a part of the Bard Summer Research Institute (BSRI) Program. Primary research topics for the summer include the implementation of eye tracking technology as well as a Grade Visualization program to improve students’ experience in the classroom.
Prof. Hutcheon recieved a 2017 Early Career Psychologist Travel Grant from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP). This grant will be used to fund Prof. Hutcheon’s travel to the annual Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology (NECTOP) in October, 2017 where he will present recent work which attempts to understand how providing students with a visualization of their grades can impact their performance and experience within the classroom.
On November 17th, the lab attended the 57th annual Psychonomics conference in Boston, held at the Sheraton Hotel. Prof. Hutcheon along with lab members Anna Richard, Aileen Lian, and Elizabeth Fitzgerald presented at the first poster session, where they discussed their novel findings regarding the implementation of stimulus driven control vs. contingency learning in item level manipulations of the Stroop task. For more information, click here.
Meet our new lab members! Sigi Nielsen and Elizabeth Fitzgerald, who are both junior psychology majors at Bard, are excited to be the latest research assistants to join the Cognitive Ctrl Lab. In the upcoming weeks, they’ll join the other lab members in running participants through an experiment that examines the effects of memory load (the amount of information a person holds, at any given time, in their working memory) on cognitive control. Stay tuned for updates on the researchers’ findings!