Assistant Professor of Psychology
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.