I am an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I also hold a research faculty appointment in the Institute for Social Research. I received a B.A. degree in psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, and M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Yale University. My graduate program at Yale was an interdisciplinary in Cognitive Science combining psychology and computer science. I enjoy teaching Introduction to Psychology, and co-authored a textbook, Learn Psychology (2013), with Ken Carter. I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, and past president and executive officer of the international Cognitive Science Society. My first post-graduate award was an American Society for Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellowship which allowed me to join the Cognitive Science program at U.C. San Diego and the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center. I've come full circle with my research, and now study industrial designers and engineers to learn about design processes in research funded by the N.S.F. A Spencer Foundation Fellowship from the National Academy of Education was also helpful in developing my interests in applications in higher education.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Cognitive Science: Learning, memory, problem solving, and creativity.
I am currently relearning 8th grade algebra (thanks to my son) and raising twin Huskeranians.