The Catholic University of America

Deborah M. Clawson

Associate Professor and Director, Applied Experimental Ph.D. program

email: clawson@cua.edu

lab: Cognition and Virtual Reality Lab

302 O'Boyle (202)319-5528 Fax: 202-319-6263

 


Broadly, my research addresses methods of improving performance on cognitive tasks. Within that area, my first focus is on the inter-related areas of planning and prospective memory, looking at how people create plans for the future and carry out those plans when the opportunity presents itself. These studies have used lab tasks, games, and virtual reality (VR). My second focus is on the effects of practice, particularly addressing the questions of what methods are best for practicing complex skills, to what extent improvements due to practice transfer to novel circumstances, and how well those practice effects are retained. I have investigated these issues in domains of Morse code reception, the Stroop task, and spatial learning in VR. I teach several undergraduate and graduate courses, including classes on memory, neuropsychology and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as on statistics.


Education

Ph.D.in Cognitive Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder (1994)

Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience

M. A. in Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder (1992)

B. A.in Computer Science and in Psychology, Cornell University (1985)

Selected Publications

Clawson, D. M.., Healy, A. F., Ericsson, K. A., & Bourne, L. E., Jr. (2001). Retention and transfer of Morse code reception skill by novices: Part-whole training. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 7, 129-142.

 

Sebrechts, M. M., Lathan, C. E., Clawson, D. M., Miller, M. S., & Trepagnier, C. (2003). Transfer of training in virtual environments: Issues for human performance. In L.J. Hettinger & M. Haas (Eds.) Virtual and adaptive environments: Applications, implications, and human performance issues (pp. 67-90). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

 

Bennett, L. R., Kardiasmenos, K. S., & Clawson, D. M. (2005, August). When Prospective Memory Fails: Did You Forget Something? Poster presented at the 113th Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.

 

Recent Courses

Undergraduate Courses:

Introductory Statistics (PSY322)

Psychology of Brain Injury (PSY385)

Psychology of Memory (PSY403)

 

Graduate Courses:

Cognitive Rehabilitation (PSY621)

Statistics II (PSY706)

Cognitive and Neuropsychological Approaches to Human Memory (PSY728)

Psychology of Skills and Expertise (PSY703)