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Faculty Member - Experimental Psychology

Michael J. Serra, Ph.D.

Position:

Assistant Professor, Applied Cognitive Psychology
Supervisor, General Psychology

Education:

Post-Doc, Jan 2007-June 2008, Columbia University (Metacognition)

Ph.D., 2007, Kent State University (Cognitive Psychology)

M.A., 2004, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Cognitive Psychology)

B.A., 2002, Hofstra University (Major: Psychology, Minor: Chemistry)

Contact:

Phone: (806) 834-5134

Fax: (806) 742-0818

Email: michael.serra@ttu.edu

CV: click here

Website: http://webpages.acs.ttu.edu/mserra/

Research Interests:

My research centers on student scholarship. More specifically, I am currently pursuing two major lines of research: education-related metacognition (i.e., thinking about and evaluating one's cognitive processes such as memory and reading comprehension) and multimedia learning (i.e., learning from information presented both verbally and visually). Click here to view my CV.

If you are interested in working in my lab as either a graduate or undergraduate research assistant, please email me for more information. You can read more about my research on my lab website.

Selected Research:

  • Serra, M. J., & Dunlosky, J. (2010). Metacomprehension judgments reflect the belief that diagrams improve learning from text. Memory, 18, 698-711. PDF
  • Serra, M. J. (2010). Diagrams increase the recall of non-depicted text when understanding is also increased. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 112-116. PDF
  • Serra, M. J., & Metcalfe, J. (2009). Effective implementation of metacognition. In D. Hacker, J. Dunlosky, & A. Graesser (Eds.). Handbook of Metacognition in Education. (pp. 278-298). New York, NY: Psychology Press. PDF
  • Serra, M. J., Dunlosky, J., & Hertzog, C. (2008). Do older adults show less confidence in their monitoring of learning? Experimental Aging Research, 34, 379-391. PDF
  • Dunlosky, J., Serra, M. J., & Baker, J. M. C. (2007). Metamemory. In F. T. Durso, R. S. Nickerson, S. T. Dumas, S. Lewandowsky, & T. J. Perfect (Eds.) Handbook of Applied Cognition. 2nd Edition. (pp. 137-161). Chichester, West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PDF
  • Serra, M. J., & Dunlosky, J. (2005). Does retrieval fluency contribute to the underconfidence-with-practice effect? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 31, 1258-1266. PDF
  • Dunlosky, J., Serra, M. J., Matvey, G., & Rawson, K. A. (2005). Second-order judgments about judgments of learning [Special issue]. Journal of General Psychology, 132, 335-346. PDF

Recent Research Presentations:

 

 

 

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  • Flores, F. R.,(#) & Serra, M. J. (2010, November). When Less is More: The Benefits of Alternating Fewer Diagrams in Multimedia Learning. Poster presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.
  • England, B. D.,(#) & Serra, M. J. (2010, November). Testing Benefits the Relative and Absolute Accuracy of Judgments of Learning (JOLs). Poster presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.
  • Serra, M. J., & Flores, F. R.(#) (2010, May). Judging Remembering and Forgetting in a Two-Dimensional Evaluative Space. Paper presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • England, B. D.,(#) & Serra, M. J. (2010, May). Decomposing the Memory for Past Test Heuristic in the Underconfidence-with-Practice Effect. Paper presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Serra, M. J., Ellis, K.,(##) Marks, D.,(##) & Scardino, J.(##) (2010, May). Examining the Link between Memory and Understanding in Multimedia Learning. Poster presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Shanks, L.,(##) & Serra, M. J. (2010, March). The Effect of Topic Expertise on the Accuracy of Judgments of Learning. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Great Plains Honors Council, Tulsa, OK.

Teaching Interests and Activities:

Graduate Courses:

  • Seminar in Learning Theory
  • Seminar in Metacognition
  • Seminar in Teaching Psychology

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • General Psychology (Supervisor)

Selected Service:

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied; Memory; Journal of Educational Psychology; Memory & Cognition; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Discourse Processes; Experimental Aging Research; European Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Israel Science Foundation (ISF) grants; SWPA Conference Abstracts; McGraw-Hill Textbooks; Norton Textbooks; Sinauer Textbooks; Worth Textbooks
  • MPA Local Representative, Texas Tech University
  • Website Manager, International Association for Metacognition
  • Membership Committee, Midwestern Psychological Association
  • General Psychology Supervisor, Texas Tech Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Undergraduate Program Committee, Texas Tech Department of Psychological Sciences

Professional Memberships: