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Clayton Stephenson

Lecturer

Contact Information
E-mail: clstephe@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-9019
Office: SGM 526

LINKS
Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website
 

Education

Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, 8/2010
M.A. Cognitive Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, 12/2005
B.A. Psychology, Fort Lewis College, 12/2002
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My research focuses on cognitive training programs that improve critical thinking skills and intelligence. More specifically, I am investigating the impact of improving working memory capacity on fluid intelligence. My goal is to eventually determine whether improving working memory capacity improves real-world skills such as taking notes, taking tests, and everyday memory. Another area of my research is applying the science of learning to help improve learning and instruction for adult learners. I am currently creating a multimedia document with an undergraduate student. The document will contain a list of 15 principles of learning that can be applied to teaching psychology courses.
 

Research Keywords

Working memory capacity, fluid intelligence, n-back task, principles of learning, superstitious beliefs, magical thinking, sex differences in cognitive abilities
 

Research Specialties

Intelligence, Working Memory, Principles of Learning, Sex Comparisons in Cognitive Abilities
 

Publications

Journal Article

Stephenson, C. L., Halpern, D. F. (2013). Improved Matrix Reasoning is Limited to Improving Working Memory Capacity Using Intensive N-back Tasks with a Visuospatial Component. Intelligence. Vol. 41 (5), pp. 341-357.
 
 
 
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