How can we optimize student learning?  There are many factors that influence learning.  Any examination of how students learn necessitates a focus on three major components: Student behaviors (e.g., study techniques), Instructor behaviors (how is learning facilitated?), and the means content is transferred (textbooks and technology).  Studies in progress address each of these areas.  I am particularly interested in learning in large classes and how student-faculty rapport can increase learning. I especially focus on the relationship between student mental health and learning. I am curious if mindfulness can influence learning and better behaviors and also study student-athlete mental-health here at Oregon State University and how faculty behaviors can influence learning. I coordinate the General Psychology Program at OSU and direct the Hub for Intro Psych and Pedagogical Research which serves to coordinate research on teaching across the nation.

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