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Joanna Salapska-Gelleri

Assistant Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7358
Office: Modular 1- #35

The ability to encode, store and retrieve information is an invaluable tool to human survival. I am interested in the fallibility of those processes and the factors that distort our memories as well as enhance them. I am also interested in how language affects the consolidation and recall of autobiographical information and the role of emotions in these processes. My broad research interests include the nature of the multilingual brain and how culture and context influence the memory systems of bilingual speakers. I continue to investigate the role that intuition plays in human decision making and ways to enhance intuitive processes. Recently, I have also been involved in research on best practices in science pedagogy, including developing teaching and learning techniques that enable students to enhance their scientific literacy skills. Scientific literacy is our ability to identify, extract and process scientific information in a meaningful and useful manner and enables us to be more critical consumers of such information. I believe that as educators, we should be teaching these skills to our students at every opportunity.

I teach courses in General Psychology, Human Memory and Cognition, the Psychology of Language, Sensation and Perception, History and Systems of Psychology, Senior Seminar, and also include students in my research through Directed Study courses. I continue to be the advisor of the Psychology Club and to manage the Student Internships within the Psychology Program.

As a member of the annual PROMISING PATHWAYS, The Road to Best Practice in Autism conference organization committee, I invite you to view the conference page for upcoming events:

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