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Abstract Title: Methods and Experimental Designs in Cognitive Studies
Abstract: Whereas PER focuses on how students learn and perform physics tasks (especially those we are interested in teaching them), cognitive psychology research (CPR) focuses more broadly on how the mind works when engaged in cognitive tasks.  This talk will review some of the approaches to experimental design and methodology in CPR and PER, ranging from "garden variety" behavioral studies, to studies using eye-tracking devices functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The strengths and weaknesses of each method will be addressed in terms of what can, and cannot be learned about human learning, cognitive performance, and ultimately teaching. The session will conclude with views of what PER and CPR can learn from each other.
Abstract Type: Workshop

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jose P. Mestre
University of Illinois
and Co-Presenter(s)
Michael Posner