I am a PhD candidate in Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I am primarily interested in connecting the wide range of findings from neuroscience, and cognitive science more generally, to education.
Theoretical approach to cognition
My primary theoretical interests involve the idea that there are two ways of learning about, knowing about, and generally interacting with the world. I prefer general terms offered by Evans to refer to these two systems, "Type 1" refers to implicit or intuitive processing, whereas "Type 2" refers to explicit or conscious processing.
I am interested in applying these "dual-process" conceptualizations of cognition, but also other information from the massive body of evidence in neuroscience and cognitive science more generally, to education in the real world. I am involved in ongoing projects examining a number of related phenomena, using tasks including perceptual category learning, complex motor learning, metacognition, and debiasing preverbal decisional biases.
here's the website for the class I'm teaching at the University of Colorado in Fall 2011, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
here's the website for the private alternative high school that I helped start, and still teach a class at from time to time.
here's the website for the public alternative high school where i taught math and science for 2 years before entering the PhD program here at CU.
here's the website for the SAT prepatory program in which I taught math to high acheiving minority students for a summer, on lower Manhattan, New York, NY.