Texas Tech University

Cognition Lab

Roman Taraban

Welcome to the Cognition Lab page. I generally accept new students each academic year, based on applicants' academic backgrounds and mutual research interests.

Much of my research is grounded in some aspect of language processing. This includes text comprehension and recall involving regular and developmental college students, metacognition involving text, think-aloud methodology involving engineering undergraduate students' use of instructional modules and problem solving behaviors, linguistic category induction using artificial languages, and connectionist modeling.

One of my current projects involves discourse analysis. My research assistants and I are applying IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier and the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) program to capstone papers from an engineering ethics course in order to identify and quantify the thematic elements in these papers.

In another project, I am collaborating with the DREAM team (Developing Reflective Engineers through Artful Methods). This interdisciplinary team is funded by a Texas Tech seed grant and brings together faculty from Environmental Engineering, Curriculum and Instruction, Museum, and Psychological Sciences, with a goal of developing new cross-disciplinary instructional activities and methods involving engineering, art, and ethics.

Most recently my colleagues in engineering and I have launched an ambitious project to link Texas Tech engineering students with peers in India, Ukraine, Chile and students worldwide through shared exchanges on topics of ethics in engineering and technology applications. The goals are to improve undergraduate education in the area of global communication, to involve large numbers of students, to exploit current technology in creative ways, and to raise the visibility of supporting institutions in promoting the development of ethical sensibilities in students. See our website at http://reflectivechoices.ttu.edu.

Current Graduate Students

Eevin Jennings (Akers)

  • From Stanwood, Washington, undergrad at East Central University (Ada, OK)
  • MA from Department of Psychological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • Research interests include classroom notetaking, text comprehension and memory, testing effects, and educational technology.
  • Current research projects concern the effects of notetaking methods on student learning, and metacognitive judgments during learning.
  • Dissertation title: THE EFFECTS OF INTERPOLATED LECTURES, SELF-TESTING, AND NOTETAKING ON LEARNING FROM A SCIENCE VIDEO LECTURE.
  • Current appointment: Instructor PSY 3327: Introduction to Physiological Psychology
  • Post graduation I wish to acquire an academic position, develop lower- and upper-level courses, and involve undergraduates in research focusing on cognitive applications in higher education, sport/health psychology, and biology.
  • CV

John Schumacher

  • BA in Psychology from Colorado State University
  • MA in Psychological Sciences from Texas Tech University
  • Honors
    • Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2016)
    • Excellence in Teaching an Undergraduate Lab for the Department of Psychological Sciences (2016)
  • Research interests include studying factors that impact memory and student performance, and utilizing advanced statistical techniques (psychometric techniques) to answer research problems.
  • Current research projects include a project looking at how note taking and note studying impacts judgments of learning, and a study looking at creating a Statistical Concept Inventory for undergraduate college students.
  • Current appointment: Statistical Consultant for the Department of Psychological Sciences at TTU
  • Post-graduation I wish to either take a professor position at a small university or take a job in industry where I would conduct research and statistical analyses.
  • CV

Dmitrii Paniukov

  • BA from Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia
  • M.Ed. from Department of Educational Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • MA from Department of Psychological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • Research interests include how learning happens and what brain structures are associated with it.
  • Current appointment: Teaching assistant in a Computer Modeling course
  • Dissertation project: Multiple Memory Systems in Reinforcement Learning
  • CV

Rogelio Carrillo

  • BA from California State University Los Angeles (CSULA)
  • MA from CSULA
  • Honors: AT&T Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship recipient
  • My research interest is looking at the relationship between learning from specific examples (particularly in math) and how they are used to create general problem-solving skills for future problems. I am looking at different styles of presenting text-based information and investigating which style leads to better transfer effects.
  • My current research involves assessing different approaches to presenting textual and computational math information. The primary goal of my current project is to determine which approach leads to better learning outcomes, or if a combination of approaches lends itself to better attainment.
  • Current appointment: Teaching Assistant - PSY 3401: Research Methods.
  • Post graduation I hope to find a teaching/research position at a university. I hope that I can keep teaching while exploring my research interest.

Psychological Sciences

  • Address

    Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051