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Psychologist to discuss classroom learning

- April 16, 2007

“How We Learn vs. How We Think We Learn: Implications for the Design and Evaluation of Instruction” is the title of a talk by cognitive psychologist Robert Bjork on April 25.

The talk will take place in Konover Auditorium, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Based on his research, Bjork, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will explain what really works in the classroom, what does not work, and why.

The talk is sponsored by the psychology department and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Instruction.

Bjork’s research focuses on human learning and memory, and on the implications of the science of learning for instruction and training.

He has served as editor of Memory & Cognition; editor of Psychological Review; co-editor of Psychological Science in the Public Interest; and chair of a National Research Council Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance.

His positions of leadership include president of the American Psychological Society and the Western Psychological Association; chair of the Psychonomic Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA),  chair-elect of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology.

Bjork is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists; the American Psychological Association; and the American Psychological Society; and is a recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award; APA’s Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award; and APA’s Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Award.

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