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)




Barbie Jean Huelser, 5th Year PhD

I am interested in investigating how to apply what we have learned from the field cognitive psychology to enhance student learning and how social factors, such as motivation, might mediate memory and learning.




Judy Xu, 1st Year PhD

My primary interests lie in investigating the interaction between the processes of attention, learning and memory, and metacognition using both ERPs 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. Finally, I am also interested in online learning and how to improve learning in an online medium.




Matti Vuorre, 1st Year PhD

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



Ljubica Chatman, 5th Year PhD

Areas Areas of Interest: Agency, Memory, Transactive Memory, Epistemic evaluation, Shared Reality

I am interested in learning and belief outcomes across several contexts. My research looks at memory and belief in the context of one’s perceived control (agency) in their environment. I also examine how memory and belief are shaped the context of conversations with others when they result in experienced commonality of inner states, termed shared reality. Finally, as our learning and interaction contexts increasingly shift into a digital online environment, my research addresses how this changes the process and outcomes of learning.

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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.


Zach J Bucknoff
Kelsey Naomi McLeod
Mark Rhodes
Erica Baruch
Anna Fishel

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