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Join in the fun, as we highlight an essential conference for cognitive scientists taking place this week: Psychonomics, an annual meeting organized by the Psychonomic Society.

Typically focused on basic research, there's more and more cutting-edge research related to education at Psychonomics these days. Below, watch a teaser video by the keynote speaker, Randy Engle, and learn more about the scientists presenting new research. 

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Psychonomics! A Mecca for Cognitive Scientists

This week, experts in the field of cognitive science will be gathering at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society – a conference known informally as "Psychonomics." Psychonomics has a long history of being the preeminent source for cutting-edge laboratory research on cognition: How we think, remember, make decisions, and perceive the world around us. 

Continuing the tradition in basic research on human cognition, there has also been a recent increase in research related to education and retrieval practice. Here are some of the educationally-relevant talks and posters to be presented this week in Vancouver, Canada:

  • Retrieval Practice Enhances Learning Regardless of Material Complexity (Bedwell & Karpicke)
  • Does Retrieval Practice Enhance Transfer of Learning? A Comprehensive Meta-Analytic Review (Pan & Rickard)
  • Implementing Test-Enhanced Learning in Medical Education: Evidence From a Meta-Analysis (Wang, Raley, Lee, & Butler)
  • The Optimal Learning Strategy Depends on Learning Goals and Processes (Yeo & Fazio)
  • Self-Explanation Enhances the Effect of Retrieval Practice (by McCarthy, Hinze, & McNamara)

There are so many educationally-relevant presentations, we couldn't list them all! To learn more about Psychonomics, the researchers, and their research, check out:

And for your viewing pleasure, here's a 1-minute teaser from this year's keynote speaker, Randall "Randy" Engle, on working memory and intelligence. 


Harnessing Metacognition to Improve Student Learning

Hungry for more research and YouTube videos? Check out our YouTube channel, where we've curated presentations and interviews with cognitive scientists – all in one place.

Here's one of our favorites by John Dunlosky, cognitive scientist at Kent State University, presenting his research on enhancing metacognition and student learning at the 2016 McMaster Symposium on Education & Cognition. Save the date and join us for this conference in July 2018, organized by cognitive scientist Joe Kim. Hope to see you there!