Welcome to the Metacognition and Memory Lab at Columbia University  




Janet Metcalfe

Current research centers on how people know what they know, that is, their metacognitive abilities, and whether they use this evolutionarily unique ability efficaciously--for effective self-control. We have been studying people's abilities to make judgments of their own learning, focusing on a theoretical perspective that proposes that they are able to hone in on their own Region of Proximal Learning--items on which further study yield maximum learning payoffs. Recent theoretical efforts have been directed at clearly specifying the heuristics underlying how people isolate this region. Thus, we investigate what it is that people choose to study. However, it is also necessary to investigate whether what they choose to study is advantageous or not. Of course, the limitations in human metacognitive judgments figure large in this research program. (Curriculum Vitae)




Judy Xu, 2nd Year PhD

My primary interests lie in investigating the interaction between the processes of attention, learning and memory, and metacognition using both electrophysiology and behavioural methods. My research focuses on the impact mind wandering has on learning and how mind wandering can be prevented to ultimately enhance learning. Currently, I am using the region of proximal learning (RPL) model to examine conditions under which one mind wanders during learning.



Matti Vuorre, 2nd Year PhD

My main research interests are in metacognitive processes, memory and agency.



Zachary Buchnoff, 1st Year PhD




Lyla Parvez, 1st Year Masters in Clinical Psychology at Teacher's College

I am interested in developmental and cognitive psychology. Specifically, my research interest lies in meta cognitive processes and the developmental progression of children afflicted with developmental disorders such as Autism. In addition, I hope to look at the memory processes of children with developmental disorders and the different ways in which any gaps in memory can be helped.


Mark Rhodes
Erica Baruch
Anna Fishel

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