Megan Smith's Introduction Video

Introducing myself to Nature's Science of Learning Community

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Sep 18, 2016

Introducing myself to Nature's Science of Learning Community

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Megan A Smith

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rhode Island College

Megan Smith is an Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College. She received her Master’s in Experimental Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University. Megan’s area of expertise is in human learning and memory, and applying the science of learning in educational contexts. Her research program focuses on retrieval-based learning strategies, and the way activities promoting retrieval can improve meaningful learning in the classroom. Megan addresses empirical questions such as: What retrieval practice formats promote student learning? What retrieval practice activities work well for different types of learners? And, why does retrieval increase learning?


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Ioannis Michailidis over 2 years ago

You might want to look at the ancient method of memorization using the loci. One needs to imagine the items as placed in different rooms of a house or building. Somehow, they can be recalled very well!

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Megan A Smith over 2 years ago

Hi Ioannis, I actually teach the method of loci or "memory palace" when I teach introduction to psychology! The students think it is fun, and they really enjoy Joshua Foer's story (he wrote Moonwalking with Einstein). He was a journalist researching mental athletes and learned how to use the memory palace to compete. Fun story! Have you heard of it?

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Warren Raye over 2 years ago

What a great introductory video! Thanks so much Megan.