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Alyssa Lawson

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Research Associate

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Dr. Lawson received her Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences with a focus on Cognitive and Educational Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Lawson’s work focuses broadly on understanding the cognitive basis of learning. More specifically, she has worked on projects investigating the role that individual differences in executive function and working memory have in learning, how technology (i.e., immersive virtual reality) can be integrated most effectively into learning, how to incorporate generative learning strategies into online, self-paced lessons, and how emotions (both those of an instructor and of a student) can influence learning in a classroom.


Ph.D., Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A., Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles

B.A., Psychology, Chapman University

Academic Interests

Cognition and Learning

Educational Technology

Executive Function

Generative Learning

Individual Differences

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