Perspectives on the Learner:
Cognition, Brain, and Education

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

June 6-8

Perspectives on the Learner: Cognition, Brain, and Education


Wednesday, June 6, 2018
William Pitt Union (WPU), University of Pittsburgh
3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
8:00 - 8:45 Registration, Tea, Coffee & Pastries — Tansky Lounge, WPU
8:45 Welcome, Charles Perfetti and Yao-Ting Sung — Kurtzman Room
9:00 - 10:30 Symposium I: Motivation and Engagement for Learning — Kurtzman Room
— Moderator: Tim Nokes-Malach, LRDC Symposium Abstracts

“Advancing a Neurobehavioral Framework of Motivation: Application to Socioeconomic Differences in Academic Achievement,” Jamie Hanson, LRDC

“Exploring the Relations between Student Motivation, Learning, and Transfer,” Tim Nokes-Malach, Eric Kuo, Kelly Boden, Quentin King-Shepard, Tanner Wallace, LRDC; Muhsin Menekse, Purdue University

“Individual Differences in Students’ Effort Source Beliefs Predict their Judgments of Ability,” David Miele, Boston College

“How Social Belonging Concerns in College Affect STEM Achievement Gaps,” Kevin Binning, LRDC

10:30 - 11:00 Tea and Coffee Break — Tansky Lounge
11:00 - 12:30 Symposium II: Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language: An Evidenced-based Approach — Kurtzman Room
— Moderator: Yao-Ting Sung (presenting author), National Taiwan Normal University Symposium Abstracts

“A Linguistic Feature Analysis of CEFR Labeling in Language Textbooks,” Yao-Ting Sung, Jia-Fei Hong, Hao-Chiang Tseng, National Taiwan Normal University

“The Study of Gameplay Self-Efficacy, Cognitive Load, and Gameplay Interest in the Chinese Radical Assembly Game,” Jon-Chao Hong (presenting author), Ming-Yueh Hwang, Kai-Hsiu Tai, National Taiwan Normal University

“Visual Mnemonics to Support Chinese Character Learning,” Li-Yun (Wendy) Chang (presenting author), National Taiwan Normal University; Charles Perfetti, LRDC; Hsueh-Chih Chen, National Taiwan Normal University

“An Innovative Readability Model Developed by Neural Network-based Features,” Hou-Chiang Tseng, Yao-Ting Sung, Berlin Chen, National Taiwan Normal University

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch and Poster Session — Ballroom Poster Abstracts
2:00 - 3:30 Symposium III: Knowledge Interactions in Word Learning Within and Across Languages — Kurtzman Room
— Moderator: Charles Perfetti, LRDC Symposium Abstracts

“Word Learning and Semantic Memory: Individual Differences in Semantic Memory Predict Temporal Pole Volume and Degree of Lexical Integration,” Marc N. Coutanche, LRDC

“Learning New Meanings for Known Words: Bidirectional Interactions between New and Prior Knowledge,” Xiaoping Fang and Charles Perfetti, LRDC

“Words with Multiple Translations across Languages: Alleviating the Learning Disadvantage,” Natasha Tokowicz, Caitlin Rice and Gabriela Terrazas, LRDC

3:30 - 4:00 Tea and Coffee Break — Tansky Lounge
4:00 - 5:30 Opening Keynote: Learning Theory and Practice: What Limits Transfer and Why — Kurtzman Room
— Kenneth R. Koedinger, Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute and Computer Science, Director, LearnLab, Carnegie Mellon University
6:00 - 7:30 Welcome Reception
University Club Terrace – 4th Floor (123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)
Thursday, June 7, 2018
William Pitt Union (WPU), University of Pittsburgh
3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
8:00 - 8:45 Tea, Coffee & Pastries — Tansky Lounge
8:45 - 10:00 Keynote Address: Becoming Brilliant — Kurtzman Room
— Roberta Golinkoff, Professor of Education, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware; Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow, Director, Infant Language Laboratory, Temple University
10:00 - 10:30 Tea and Coffee Break — Tansky Lounge
10:30 - 12:00 Symposium IV: Environmental Influences on Math Learning — Kurtzman Room
— Moderator: Melissa Libertus, LRDC; Discussant — Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal, LRDC Symposium Abstracts

“Reasoning about Fraction Magnitudes and Proportions when Curriculum Supports a Measurement Model of Fraction Understanding: An Australian Sample” — Ilyse Resnick, The Pennsylvania State University; Micah Goldwater, University of Sydney; Nora Newcombe, Temple University

“Understanding Variability in Parental Math Talk and its Influences on Young Children’s Math Skills,” Melissa Libertus, Emily Braham, Leanne Elliott, Erinn Hanner, Abigail Haslinger, LRDC

“Using ‘Community Cultural Wealth’ to Examine Peruvian Mothers’ Engagement in Children Math Learning,” Claudia Galindo, Angélica Montoya-Ávila, University of Maryland

12:00 - 1:30 Informal Learning Panel and Lunch — Ballroom
“Novel Informal Learning Opportunities through Creative Research-practice Partnerships” — Moderator: Melissa Libertus, LRDC — Participants: Gregg Behr, Grable Foundation; Lindsay Clare Matsumura, Kevin Crowley, LRDC; Roberta Golinkoff, University of Delaware; Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University; Allison Escher, LRDC and Institute for Learning
1:40 - 3:10 Symposium V: Learning in Multisource Digital-Text Environments: Perspectives on Cognition, Literacy, and Education — Kurtzman Room
— Moderator: Byeong-Young Cho, LRDC Symposium Abstracts

“Representing Multiple Text: Students’ Depictions of the Documents Model” — Alexandra List, The Pennsylvania State University

“Thinking Dispositions Related to the Value of Corroboration and Integration of Evidence from Multiple Sources” — Jennifer Wiley, The University of Illinois at Chicago; Thomas D. Griffin, The University of Illinois at Chicago; M. Anne Britt, Northern Illinois University

“Solving Daily Problems in an Information-rich World: The Role of Context and Task Understanding in Purposeful Information Use” — M. Anne Britt, Northern Illinois University; Zsofia Vörös, Rainer Bromme, Universität Münster; Jean-François Rouet, Université de Poitiers

“Multisource Text Inquiries in History: A Study of Middle School Learners Using an Online Repository of Historical Sources” — Byeong-Young Cho, LRDC, Emily Rainey, Linda Kucan, Hyeju Han, University of Pittsburgh

3:10 - 3:40 Tea and Coffee Break – Tansky Lounge
3:40 – 5:10 Symposium VI: Brain Processing in Language Learning and Cognition — Kurtzman Room
— Moderators: Ovid J. L. Tzeng, Academia Sinica, Taipei Medical University, and National Taiwan Normal University; Daisy Lan Hung, Taipei Medical University and National Central University Symposium Abstracts

“Neural Mechanisms Underlying Convergent and Divergent Thinking in Young and Older Adults”— Helena H. Lee, National Chiao Tung University; Ko-Jou Liu, National Chiao Tung University and National Yang Ming University; Ya-Weng Fang and Chih-Mao Huang, National Chiao Tung University and Academia Sinica, Ching-Po Lin, National Yang Ming University Ovid J.L. Tzeng, Hsu-Wen Huang, National Chiao Tung University and City University of Hong Kong

“The Impact of First Language Knowledge in Artificial Lexicon Learning” — Yi-Hui Hung, Academia Sinica; Jay G. Rueckl, Haskins Laboratories and University of Connecticut

“Sensitivity to the Structure of Chinese Orthography in Native and Foreign Readers is Related to Statistical Learning of Nonverbal Regularity” — Denise Hsien Wu, National Central University, Taiwan

“Does the Native Acquisition of Chinese Literacy Affect Second-Language English Reading Procedures?” — Julie Fiez, LRDC; Gal Ben-Yehudah, Open University, Israel; Elizabeth A. Hirshorn, State University of New York; Charles Perfettu, LRDC

5:15 - 6:45 Print Poster Session and Reception — Ballroom Poster Abstracts
5:15 - 6:00 IWALS 2019 Planning Meeting — Kurtzman Room
6:45 Conference Dinner — William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge and Terrace
Friday, June 8, 2018
NOTE: Friday sessions are at LRDC
Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC)
3939 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
8:00 - 8:45 Tea, Coffee & Pastries — LRDC 3rd Floor
NOTE: Spoken-slide sessions 1 through 4 are parallel sessions
8:45 - 10:00 Spoken-Slide Session 1: Science Learning; Chair: Christian Schunn — LRDC 9th Floor
Spoken-Slide Session 2: Language Learning; Chair: Brian MacWhinney — LRDC 2nd Floor
8:45 - 9:00 “A Comparison of Tutoring System Strategies for Helping a Student After a Failed Attempt to Fade Support,” Pamela Jordan (presenting author), Patricia Albacete, Sandra Katz, LRDC “Language Learning in a Virtual Space,” Ping Li, Jennifer Legault The Pennsylvania State University; Yu-ju Lan, National Taiwan Normal University
9:05 - 9:20 “Does Engaging in the Generation of Video-Recorded Explanations of Scientific Phenomena Produce Effective Learning?,” Stephanie Wassenburg (presenting author), Carnegie Mellon University, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Kenneth R. Koedinger, Carnegie Mellon University; Fred Paas, Erasmus University Rotterdam; University of Wollongoing, Australia; Björn de Koning, Erasmus University Rotterdam “Can a Virtual Reality APP Help Learners Improve Vocabulary Knowledge and Speaking Skills?,” Howard Chen, National Taiwan Normal University
9:25 - 9:40 “ ‘Doing’ the Right Thing for the Right Learning,” Paulo F. Carvalho (presenting author), Kody J. Manke, Kenneth R. Koedinger, Carnegie Mellon University “How Fluent is Enough for Comprehension in Learning to Read Chinese?,” Jun Ren Lee (presenting author), Chia-En Hsieh, National Taiwan Normal University
9:45 – 10:00 “Informal Science Learning through Making to Support Model Building: A Collective Case Study of the Watershed Summer Program,” Xinyun Peng (presenting author), Heather Toomey Zimmerman, Susan M. Land, Soo Hyeon Kim, The Pennsylvania State University “How Cognitive Typology Affects Second Language Acquisition of Spatial/Temporal Cognition: Insights from Learners' Corpora of English and Chinese,” Keiko Mochizuki, Zhang Zheng, Laurence Newbery-Payton, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
10:00 - 10:30 Tea and Coffee Break — LRDC 3rd Floor
10:30 - 11:45 Spoken-Slide Session 3: Classroom Processes; Chair: Mary Kay Stein — Learning, Teaching, Assessment — LRDC 9th Floor
Spoken-Slide Session 4: Reading; Chair: Tessa Warren — LRDC 2nd Floor
10:30 - 10:45 “Directed Versus Undirected Network Analysis of Student Essays,” Roy Clariana, The Pennsylvania State University “The Effects of Word Frequency, Semantic Diversity, and Contextual Diversity on Work Processing During Reading,” Patrick Plummer (presenting author), Charles Perfetti, LRDC
10:50 - 11:05 “Leveraging On-Line Technologies to Increase Reading Comprehension Instruction,” Lindsay Clare Matsumura, LRDC “Do Chinese Dyslexics Have a Specific Cross-Modal Association Deficit?,” Shin-Min Wang, National Taiwan Normal University
11:10 - 11:25 “Competence Disparity of IB-PCK for International Chinese Teacher Training Programs,” Yahsun Tsai (presenting author), Jon-Chao Hong, Xinxian Yu, National Taiwan Normal University “Global Text Structure: Local, Remote, and Global Binding Opportunities in Short Passages; Local and Global Text Factors in Word-to-Text Integration,” Anne Helder (presenting author), Charles Perfetti, LRDC
11:30 - 11:45 “What Makes Struggle Productive in Mathematics Classrooms?,” Bilge Yurekli (presenting author), Mary Kay Stein, LRDC “Lexical Structure: Orthography and Lexical-Semantic Binding Across Sentence Boundaries; ERP Evidence for Orthographic and Semantic Word-to-Text Integration Effects in Chinese,” Lin Chen (presenting author), Sun Yat-sen University, China, Visiting Scholar; Charles Perfetti LRDC
11:45 - 1:40 Print Poster Session and Lunch — LRDC 3rd Floor Poster Abstracts
1:00 – 1:40   Digital Poster Session — LRDC 9th Fl, 814, 731, 637, 514 Click for Digital Poster titles and abstracts
1:45 - 2:45 Spoken-Slide Session 5: Neural Bases of Learning; Chair: Marc Coutanche — LRDC 2nd Floor, Glaser Auditorium

“Individual Differences in STEM Cognition: Linking Neural and Behavioral Evidence,” David Kraemer (presenting author), Joshua S. Cetron, Andrew C. Connolly, Vicki V. May, Solomon G. Diamond, James V. Haxby, Dartmouth College

“The Emotional Regulation Effects of Beneficial and Detrimental Humorous Coping: Evidence from Neuroimaging Studies,” Ru-Huei Dai, Hsueh-Chih Chen (presenting author), National Taiwan Normal University

“Modulation of Aesthetic Perception by Semantic Learning: Evidence from Behavioral and fMRI Studies of Aesthetic Appraisal of Abstract Chinese Characters,” Xianyou He, South China Normal University

2:45 - 4:15 Symposium VII: Taking a Broader Approach to Supporting and Assessing Learning in the Digital Age— LRDC 2nd Floor, Glaser Auditorium
— Moderator: Marcela Borge, The Pennsylvania State University; — Discussant: Allan Collins, Northwestern University Symposium Abstracts

“A Broader Perspective on Learning,” Marcela Borge, The Pennsylvania State University

“Supporting Socio-Emotional Skills for Complex Problem Solving,” Dhvani Toprani, Shulong Yan, The Pennsylvania State University

“Fostering Culturally-Inclusive Competencies through Collaboration and Design,” Gabriela Richard, The Pennsylvania State University

4:15 - 4:30 IWALS 2018 Final Session — LRDC 2nd Floor, Glaser Auditorium
Presentation of the “IWALS2 2018 Emerging Scholar Best Poster Award”
5:00 - 7:00 IWALS 2018 Tours and Hors D’oeurves — Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
(1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213)
Hosted by The Learning Research & Development Center and The Pennsylvania State University

Keynote Speakers ›

Kenneth R. Koedinger

Professor, Human Computer Interaction
Director, LearnLab (Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center)
Carnegie Mellon University

Kenneth Koedinger is a professor of Human Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He has an M.S. in Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, and experience teaching in an urban high school. His multidisciplinary background supports his research goals of understanding human learning and creating educational technologies that increase student achievement. His research has contributed new principles and techniques for the design of educational software and has produced basic cognitive science research results on the nature of student thinking and learning. Koedinger directs LearnLab, which builds on the past success of Cognitive Tutors, an approach to online personalized tutoring that is in use in thousands of schools. He is also a founder of Carnegie Learning, Inc., which has brought Cognitive Tutor based courses to millions of students since it was formed in 1998.

Roberta Golinkoff

Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Director, Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Laboratory University of Delaware

Roberta Golinkoff has held the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the James McKeen Cattell sabbatical award, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. She received the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science in 2015, and was also named a Distinguished Scientific Lecturer by the American Psychological Association. In 2017, she was awarded the Society for Research in Child Development’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution award. Passionate about the dissemination of psychological science for improving our schools and families’ lives, she and Hirsh-Pasek (her long standing collaborator) also write books for parents and practitioners.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow
Director, Infant Language Laboratory
Department of Psychology, Temple University
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and the University Eberman Research Award. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research in the areas of early language development and infant cognition has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and Human Development, and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Hotels in Pittsburgh ›

IWALS recommends that participants book their hotels directly.

The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center Hotel has provided a special rate of $148 per night (use code “IWALS 2018”). The deadline for the discounted rate is May 18, 2018. After May 18, the discounted rate cannot be guaranteed. The Wyndham is located at 100 Lytton Avenue in Pittsburgh and is within walking distance to all conference venues. Explore the Wyndham Hotel University Center (0.3 miles from LRDC).

Other hotels in the Oakland area:
Hilton Garden Inn (0.5 miles from LRDC)
Residence Inn by Marriott (0.8 miles from LRDC)
Hampton Inn (0.8 miles from LRDC)

How to get to Pittsburgh ›

By plane

The University of Pittsburgh is a half hour from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT airport code). Ranked 2017 Airport of the Year by Air Transport World, Pittsburgh International offers both domestic and international flights with over 50 nonstop destinations and connections to all major U.S. airports (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, …).

By car

GPS coordinates for the University of Pittsburgh are: 40.4444° N, 79.9608° W. Pittsburgh is connected to key U.S. highways. The U.S. is a right-hand driving country. All major car rental companies serve the Pittsburgh area (Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz)

About the Learning Research & Development Center ›

Since its establishment in 1963, the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh has been a leading interdisciplinary center for research on learning and education. As one of the leading public research universities in the United States, the University of Pittsburgh serves as the foreground for connections between LRDC researchers and the many schools and departments across the university through joint appointments and collaborative research.

The Center's interconnected programs of research and development have reflected its mission of stimulating interaction between research and practice across a broad spectrum of problems: from the neural basis of learning through the development of intelligent tutors to educational policy. Among research institutions in learning and education, this interconnected breadth is unique.
Read more about LRDC at www.lrdc.pitt.edu.

About the University of Pittsburgh ›

The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher learning west of the Allegheny Mountains. One of the leading public research universities in the United States, it is a member of the prestigious association of American Universities.

Learn more about the history of the University of Pittsburgh here:
“Pitt: 225 Years of Building Better Lives.” Video here. (3:15)
The campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh is a 132-acre site adjacent to the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and Schenley Park.

About Pittsburgh ›

Pittsburgh has all the charms of a larger city but lacks many of the usual disadvantages. Crime is low, as is the cost of living, and it’s easy to find a neighborhood that perfectly fits one’s needs. Friendly and diverse, the city is the University of Pittsburgh’s campus—a great place to live, work, and play.

Learn more about Pittsburgh here visitpittsburgh.com

And here coolpgh.pitt.edu