University of Southern Indiana

Srikanth Dandotkar

Srikanth Dandotkar

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Psychology Department

Liberal Arts Center - 3048


  • PhD, Cognitive Psychology, Northern Illinois University
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Education, Cognitive Psychology
  • M.A., Cognitive Psychology 
  • B.H.M.S., Medicine

Courses Taught

  • PSY 425 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 400 Special Topics: MEMORY
  • PSY 353 Research Methods & Statistics II
  • PSY 303 Research Methods & Statistics I
  • PSY 201 Intro to Psychology 

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding cognitive processes underlying high school and college students’ literary skills specific to comprehending and evaluating written texts. Being able to critically evaluate information is quintessential for students to succeed in college. I examine the effects of student-related, text-related and instruction/context-related factors on how students comprehend and evaluate written texts. Within this broad framework, I study the role of students' beliefs about knowledge and learning -- epistemological beliefs, contribution of reading skill and precision in representing argument elements, and the effect of task instruction and students' background knowledge  in comprehending and evaluating a text.

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