Metacognition Laboratory Description
The Metacognition Laboratory at Texas A&M University-Commerce focuses primarily on the study of metamemory. Specifically our research interests include how people's beliefs about their own memory, knowledge about how memory works, and the ability to monitor the accuracy of their memory contribute to memory performance. More globally we are interested in individual difference factors, such as age and sex, on memory performance.
Research questions include:
1) Do older and younger adults use different strategies when trying to remember information?
2) Do beliefs about memory (e.g., “I have a bad memory”) influence performance on a memory test?
3) Are there sex differences in learning new information? What are potential explanations for these differences?
4) How good are people at knowing what they know? In other words, when individuals are confident are they actually correct?
Requirements for Research Assistants
Research assistants may enroll in PSY 411, 412, or 413 (Research Apprenticeship) with instructor permission. PSY 411 is 1 credit hour, and students enrolled in this course are expected to work 3 hours in the Metacognition Laboratory each week. Students who enroll in PSY 412 will receive 2 credit hours for working 6 hours in the lab each week, and those in PSY 413 will earn 3 credit hours for working 9 hours in the lab each week. All work is carried out in the laboratory – no homework is given. Duties as a research assistant include:
a. Scheduling participants
b. Testing participants
c. Coding and entering data
d. Designing materials for experiments
e. Conducting literature reviews
*Please note that research assistants will be trained on each of the aforementioned tasks; therefore, previous experience with research design and methodology is not necessary.
If you are interested in joining the research team as a research assistant in the Metacognition Laboratory please email Dr. Lacy Krueger at email@example.com.