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Yuan, Lei

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • My research goal is to better understand human learning by characterizing the structure of input data in children's early learning environment, the processes and mechanisms through which children learn from this data, and how this learning creates hidden deficits or competencies for later school learning. To that end, my lab combines large-scale cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, training experiments, computational modeling, high-density behavioral data collection (e.g., eye tracking), and translational research in schools.


  • Cognitive Science, Cognitive Development, Education, Learning


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courses taught

  • PSYC 4145 - Advanced Cognitive Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Advanced course in human cognitive processes. Covers key aspects of cognition, such as perception, attention, learning, memory, language and thinking. Discusses major theories and ideas in terms of the research they have inspired. Emphasis varies with instructor. One lab per week and a research project is required. Same as PSYC 5145.
  • PSYC 5685 - Research Methods Proseminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Main topic is research methods in cognitive psychology, with an emphasis on experimental methods. Skills and knowledge will be gained that are necessary to A) critically evaluate existing research and B) design, conduct, analyze and write up experimental studies. Required for graduate students in Cognitive Psychology. Graduate students in all programs are welcome with instructor consent and advanced undergraduates are welcome with instructor consent. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.


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