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Ralston, P. & Bays, C. (2013) Enhancing critical thinking across the undergraduate experience: an exemplar from engineering. American Journal of Engineering Education, 4(2).

Honken, N. B., & Ralston, P. (2013). Freshman engineering retention:  A holistic look  Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 14(2), 29-37.

Honken, N. B., & Ralston, P. A. S. (2013). High-achieving high school students and not so high achieving college students: A look at lack of self-control, academic ability and performance in college. Journal of Advanced Academics, 24(2), 108-124.

Ralston, P.A.S., Hieb, J., & Rivoli, G. (2013). Partnerships and experience building STEM pipelines. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 139(2), 156–162, 2013.

Edlin, J.M., & Lyle, K.B. (2013). The effect of repetitive saccade execution on the attention network test: Enhancing executive function with a flick of the eyes. Brain and Cognition, 81, 345-351.

DeCaro, M. S., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2012). Exploring mathematics problems prepares children to learn from instruction. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 552-568.

Fyfe, E. R., Rittle-Johnson, B., & DeCaro, M. S. (2012). The effects of feedback during exploratory mathematics problem solving: Prior knowledge matters. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104, 1094-1108.

DeCaro, M. S., Thomas, R. D., Albert, N. B., & Beilock, S. L. (2011). Choking under pressure: Multiple routes to skill failure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140, 390-406.

Snyder, K. E., Nietfeld, J. L., & Linnenbrink-Garcia, L. (2011). Giftedness and metacognition: A short-term longitudinal investigation of metacognitive monitoring. Gifted Child Quarterly, 55, 181-193.

Lyle, K.B., & Crawford, N.A. (2011). Retrieving essential material at the end of lectures improves performance on statistics exams. Teaching of Psychology, 38, 94-97.

Hieb, J. L., Ralston, P. A. S. & Bays, C. (2011). A tablet is required: Promoting effective Student use to tablets in the classroom. Computers in Education Journal, 2(2), 54-68.

Ralston, P. A., Larson, A., & Bays, C. (2011). An assessment of undergraduate engineering students’ critical thinking skills guided by the Paul-Elder Critical Thinking Framework. INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, 26(3), 25-32.

DeCaro, M. S., Rotar, K. E., Kendra, M. S., & Beilock, S. L. (2010). Diagnosing and alleviating the impact of performance pressure on mathematical problem solving. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 1619-1630.

DeCaro, M. S., & Beilock, S. L. (2010). The benefits and perils of attentional control. In B. Bruya and M. Csikszentmihalyi (Eds.), Effortless Attention: A New Perspective in the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action. MIT Press.

Hieb, J. L., & Ralston, P. A. S. (2010). Tablet PCs in engineering mathematics courses at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology, 41(4), 487-500.

Lyle, K.B., & Martin, J.M. (2010). Bilateral saccades increase intrahemispheric processing but not interhemispheric interaction: Implications for saccade-induced retrieval enhancement. Brain and Cognition, 73, 128-134.

Fredricks, J. A., Flanagan, K. E., & Alfeld, C. J. (2010). Developing passion among gifted students. Teaching for High Potential, 6(1), 10-12.

Kendall Brown, M., Hershock, C., Finelli, C., & O’Neal, C. (2009).  Teaching for Retention in Science, Engineering, and Math Disciplines: A Guide for Faculty.  CRLT Occasional Paper.  Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan.

Beilock, S. L., & DeCaro, M. S. (2007). From poor performance to success under stress: Working memory, strategy selection, and mathematical problem solving under pressure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 983-998.

DeCaro, M. S., Wieth, M., & Beilock, S. L. (2007). Methodologies for examining problem solving success and failure. Methods, 42, 58-67.

 

Relevant Conference Presentations:

DeCaro, D. A., DeCaro, M. S. 1, & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2013, August). Achievement motivation and strategy selection during exploratory learning. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Berlin, Germany. (1Joint first author)

Honken, N. B. (2013, June). Dreyfus five-stage model of adult skills accusation applied  to engineering lifelong learning. Paper presented at the 2013 120th ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Honken, N. B., & Ralston, P. (2013, June). Do attitudes and behaviors towards homework and studying change between high school and engineering classes. Paper presented at the 2013 ASEE National Conference, Atlanta, GA

Loehr, A. M., Miller, M. R., DeCaro, M. S., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2013, May). Semantic verbal fluency predicts mathematical learning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington DC.

Fyfe, E. R., DeCaro, M. S., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2013, March). An alternative time for telling: When conceptual instruction prior to exploration improves mathematical knowledge. Paper presented at the semiannual meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington DC.

DeCaro, M. S. (2012, November). When higher working memory capacity leads to choking or excelling under pressure on a sensorimotor skill. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

DeCaro, M. S., DeCaro, D. A., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2011, September). Preparing to learn from math instruction: Mastery-oriented students benefit most from exploratory activities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington DC.

Fyfe, E. R., Rittle-Johnson, B., & DeCaro, M. S. (2011, September). The effects of feedback during exploratory math practice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington DC.

DeCaro, M. S. (2011, August). Situational pressure, attentional demands, and skill failure. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.

Kendall Brown, M.; Hart, B., Leach, J., & Wheatley, D. (2011, June). ENGAGE Grant: Sharing What Worked. Presentation given at the NSF ENGAGE Grant Conference. Denver, CO

DeCaro, M. S., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2011, April). Self-explanation prompts are less beneficial if students know more. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

DeCaro, M. S., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2011, March). Preparing to learn from math instruction by solving problems first. In B. Rittle-Johnson & M. S. DeCaro (chairs), When are times for telling? Preparing students to learn from instruction. Symposium presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Lewis, J.E., Delatte, N., Ralston, P.A.S. & Wheatley, D. (2011). Implementation and assessment of case studies in a freshman engineering program.  Proceedings of the 118th ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada, June 26-29,  AC 2011-417.

DeCaro, M. S., Albert N. B., Carlson, K. D., Thomas, R. D., & Beilock, S. L. (2010, November).  Not all high-pressure situations are the same: Choking under pressure and implicit sensorimotor skill performance. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.

DeCaro, M. S., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2010, August).  The capacity to discover: Working memory and the ability to use self-explanation to discover early algebra concepts. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, OR.

DeCaro, M. S., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2010, June). Self-explanation as a tool for discovering early algebra procedures: The importance of working memory capacity. Poster presented at the Institute of Education Sciences Research Conference, National Harbor, MD.

McEldoon, K. L., Rittle-Johnson, B., DeCaro, M. S., & Cho, S. J. (2010, June). Measuring multidimensional mathematical equivalence: A construct modeling approach. Poster presented at the Institute of Education Sciences Research Conference, National Harbor, MD.

Rittle-Johnson, B., Matthews, P., Taylor, R., McEldoon, K., & DeCaro, M. S. (2010, March). Understanding the equal sign as a gateway to algebraic thinking. Poster presented at the NSF REESE PI Meeting, Washington D.C.

DeCaro, M. S., Carlson, K. D., Thomas, R. D., & Beilock, S. L. (2008, November). Attentional mechanisms underlying skill failure and success under pressure. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Beilock, S. L., & DeCaro, M. S. (2008, July). On the interplay of emotion and cognition: Individual differences, executive control, and performance under stress. Invited paper presented at the XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.

DeCaro, M. S., & Beilock, S. L. (2008, June). Working memory, stereotype threat, and performance under stress. Paper presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Chicago, IL.

DeCaro, M. S., Rotar, K. E., Kendra, M. S., & Beilock, S. L. (2008, May). Diagnosing and alleviating the impact of performance pressure on mathematical problem solving. Invited paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

DeCaro, M. S., Rotar, K. E., Kendra, M. S., & Beilock, S. L. (2008, May). Diagnosing and alleviating the impact of performance pressure on mathematical problem solving. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL. Received APS Student Research Award.

DeCaro, M. S., Thomas, R. D., & Beilock, S. L. (2008, May). Choking under pressure: Multiple routes to skill failure. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

DeCaro, M. S., Thomas, R. D., & Beilock, S. L. (2007, November). On the multiple routes to skill failure: Distraction, over-attention, and task demands. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA.

Beilock, S. L., & DeCaro, M. S. (2007, November). Choking under pressure: Insights into skill failure and success. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA.

DeCaro, M. S., & Beilock, S. L. (2006, May). Higher capacity can produce less optimal performance: Working memory, mental set, and strategy selection in math. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Workshops

Kendall Brown, M. (2012, March). Fundamentals of Problem-Based Learning. University of     Louisville Engineering Fundamentals Faculty Workshop. Louisville, KY.

Kendall Brown, M. (2012, January). Strategies for Enhancing Your Teaching Effectiveness in Engineering Fundamentals. University of Louisville Engineering Fundamentals Faculty Workshop. Louisville, KY.

Kendall Brown, M. (2011, April). Helping Students Survive and Thrive in Engineering and Other STEM Disciplines. University of Louisville Dine and Discover Workshop. Louisville, KY.

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