Cognitive Ctrl Lab Welcomes New Lab Members

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!

Prof. Hutcheon receives Early Career Psychologist Poster Award at STP Annual Conference

For work done in collaboration with undergraduate research assistants Aileen Lian and Anna Richard, Prof. Hutcheon received the Early Career Psychologist Poster Award at the Society for Teaching Psychology Annual Conference on Teaching.  The poster entitled “The impact of a technology ban on student’s perceptions and performance in Introduction to Psychology” presented results from a cognitive ctrl lab study which suggest a technology ban negatively impacts students experience in the classroom.


Poster Presented at 2016 STP Annual Conference

Research conducted in the cognitive ctrl lab assessing the impact of a technology ban on student’s perception of Introduction to Psychology was presented at the Society for Teaching Psychology (STP) Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) in Atlanta, GA on October 21, 2016.  In contrast to previous studies, our preliminary findings suggest that the implementation of a technology ban may have a negative impact on student experience within the class.

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New Publication – Limits on the Generalizability of Context-Driven Control

Context-driven control refers to the finding that participants are able to implement multiple attentional settings within a single task.  Elsewhere, attentional settings have been shown to differ along various dimensions including location, font type, and gender.  A recent paper published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology by members of the Cognitive Ctrl Lab identifies limits on the generalizability of context-driven control.  We argue that context-driven control emerges only when contextual dimensions are sufficiently salient for organizing information within the task.

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