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I'm a Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where I received my M.A. in 2011. I research human memory, with an emphasis on false memory as well as the application of cognitive psychology principles to human learning, memory, and education. I received my B.S. from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

You can also follow me on Twitter (@kadesoto).


Mar
16
comment Are there any cognitive test (or test suites) available on the iPad?
Not all cognitive tests involve RT, though. Standard laboratory memory tests would be just fine if administered on a tablet (assuming you wouldn't want to look at latency data later, although the times would be much higher and therefore more proportionally accurate anyway).
Mar
14
comment Can response time be incorporated into signal detection theory?
Curious, how do you know about this work? I've been interested in this paper for a while now.
Mar
6
comment Is it a good idea to play an instrument while studying? If so, what are the benefits?
Alpha, some research on mind wandering might come into play here. There are two competing theories about when and why the mind wanders. In the late 2000's, Kane and McVay posited that the mind wandered when it didn't have enough central resources to complete the primary task -- not so much in support of that idea. Smallwood and Schooler, however, suggest that the mind wanders when there's an excess of resources beyond the primary task. This leftover attention could enable non-distracting behaviors that could possibly facilitate the primary task.
Mar
6
answered Is it a good idea to play an instrument while studying? If so, what are the benefits?
Mar
2
comment Does any evidence show that Smartphone users have poorer memory?
(Sorry for the short answer, I was in a bit of a hurry.)
Mar
2
answered Does any evidence show that Smartphone users have poorer memory?
Feb
29
answered How can I create computer based psychology experiments using OS X?
Feb
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Feb
23
comment When is higher confidence predictive of less accuracy?
Thanks! I'll have to think about this a bit more. I'm familiar with the Dunning-Kruger effect, but I hadn't yet made the connection between those findings and a confidence-accuracy correlation. Thanks.
Feb
23
comment When is higher confidence predictive of less accuracy?
Hi Steven, I'm actually curious about the negative relationship, not the zero one (i.e., as is in the last sentence up there). I will link some studies, but Ben's link is one example of no relationship between confidence and accuracy.
Feb
23
comment Are spaced flashcards effective for learning?
Nice answer. I like the statement that "rehearsal and retrieval before you forget an item strengthens the memory" and expand a little bit on this in my answer, though. There are interesting reasons why we might not want to talk about "memory strength," however, which is a discussion for another day!
Feb
23
answered Are spaced flashcards effective for learning?
Feb
22
comment What is the term for when too many choices results in inability to decide?
My guess is that it has something to do with the application of equal weights to all attributes/options, even when some are irrelevant. Whether a digital camera has a huge sensor or a miniscule sensor should be such a big factor that it outweighs whether the camera finish is glossy or matte black, but I think people have a difficult time rationally weighing these things. Likely, heuristically driven decision making probably assigns weights much more efficiently -- hence, the value of going with your gut!
Feb
22
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