Education: Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1988
M.S. University of Maryland, 1985
B.S. Randolph-Macon College, 1981
Areas of Interest:
Everyday Memory, Language, Culture and Cognition.
As a cognitive psychologist I teach courses on Cognition, Everyday Memory and Culture
and Cognition. I also teach the African American psychology course, the Research
Methods course and the Systems and Theories course. I became interested in experimental
psychology as a junior in high school. I came to Randolph-Macon as an undergraduate
knowing that I wanted to major in some area of psychology but with little understanding
of what that meant. During my junior year here I took a class in Cognitive Psychology.
This course made me start asking the questions that have guided my research throughout
the rest of my career. How do humans store information? When presented with information
which parts are we most likely to store? What is it that we actually store? Once
we have something stored how do we find it again? When we can't find it what has
gone wrong? These questions of information storage, mental representation and information
loss remain at the center of my research. Much of the research that I have conducted
here at Randolph-Macon has been in collaboration with students.