Dr. Patall in the NY Times

Check out a recent article in the New York Times, featuring Dr. Patall, on “The Homework Squabbles.”


Congrats Dr. Fong and Dr. Leach!

Congratulations to Dr. Fong and Dr. Leach, who both successfully defended their dissertations this year! Carlton’s dissertation title was “The Effects of Negative Feedback on Motivation: A Meta-Analytic Investigation.” Jennifer’s title was “Examining the Effects of Advisor-Student Relationships on Academic Major Decision-Making.” Hollah!

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MERG presenting at SPSP 2014

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In February 2014, MERG members, alumni, and associated individuals are presenting at the annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology! Together, there are 6 posters – be sure to stop by at the convention in our very own city: Austin, Texas!

SPSP 2014 Poster Presentations:

Patall, Erika Alisha; Leach, Jennifer Kay; Shraw, Gregory  // Poster C167

THE EFFECT OF CHOICE PROVISION ON UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR

Fong, Carlton Jing; Patall, Erika Alisha // Poster E193

THE EFFECTS OF NEED-SUPPORTIVE CRITICISM ON INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

Crowther, Ariana Christine; Musallam, Aysegul; Schallert, Diane;  // Poster A92

CONNECTING METACOGNITION TO COLLEGE STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS AND AFFECT WHEN MULTITASKING DURING IN-SCHOOL AND OUT-OF-SCHOOL TASKS

Trimble, Scott S.; Patall, Erika Alisha; Crowther, Ariana Christine; Awad, Germine // Poster F237

A SITUATION IN WHICH EXPRESSING ONE’S SELF AS HIGHLY UNIQUE THROUGH ONE’S CHOICES ENHANCES MOTIVATION

Lee, Bridget;  Patall, Erika Alisha; Cawthon, Stephanie; Steingut, Rebecca // Poster A96

THE EFFECT OF DRAMA-BASED PEDAGOGY ON PREK-16 ACADEMIC-RELATED OUTCOMES: A META-ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH FROM 1985-2012

Elias, Elric; Trimble, Scott S.; Falbo, Toni // Poster C77

THE UNCONSCIOUS THOUGHT EFFECT: AN ATTEMPTED REPLICATION AND SEARCH FOR CAUSAL MECHANISMS


MERG Spotlight: EunJin

Here’s a spotlight on EunJin, one of the graduate student members of MERG!

 
Eunjin SeoName: EunJin Seo

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Favorite Food: I love all kinds of breakfast food—anything with eggs. I also like Sushi a lot.

Favorite Movie/TV Show: Man on Wire

 

 

Q. How did you decide on your current research interests?

A.  As you can tell from my favorite movie, I have been interested in people who push themselves to the limit of their ability and achieve great things in  life. I have been wondering about their motivation and how to motivate myself to be like them. So, my research interests started from the question about myself, but later extended to motivating my close friends and K-12 students, and then broadened to understanding human motivation as such.

Q. What do you like best about the educational psychology program?

A.  I love the people in my program. I really like my cohort. They are all smart and lovely people. I would not survive in America without them. They were with me through the hard times, and also sincerely celebrated with me during my great moments—such as passing my qualifying exam. I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends. I also love the faculty of my program. They are very supportive and also really inspiring!

Q. What do you love about the city of Austin?

A.  I like Austinites a lot. They are so friendly and open to new people. At the bus stop, coffee shop, or on the street, you can always meet very interesting people spontaneously. I also like the weather in Austin. Since I love wearing sundresses and hate feeling cold, Austin is the perfect place to live for me.

Q. Name one thing you have always wanted to do but have not yet had the chance.

A. I have wanted to do rock climbing but have not yet had the chance. Is there anyone who wants to go to a rock climbing with me? :)

Q. Do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies?

A. I like going to David & Busters and playing their games. They have a really great zombie game.


Introducing THE SUPERLAB

MERG and Dr. David Yeager’s Adolescent Development Research Group (ADRG) at UT’s Department of Psychology are joining forces to form the “SUPERLAB”! Once a month, we meet to discuss new research in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere. Below are some pictures from our most recent meeting. Thanks Ariana and Jennifer for presenting your research!

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MERG Spotlight: Danika

We’re so glad to have another member join MERG. Here’s a spotlight on Danika, our latest graduate student member!

 
DM photoName: Danika Maddocks

Hometown: Brandon, FL

Favorite Food: Avocados

Favorite Movie/TV Show: Groundhog Day

 

 

 

Q. How did you decide to come to UT Austin for graduate school?

A.  My first positive experience with UT Austin happened at AERA’s 2012 conference in Vancouver, when I was befriended by a handful of cheerful MERG members.  I later discovered that UT’s School Psychology program has an excellent reputation, and on my interview day I was impressed by the warmth of the students and faculty and the quality and breadth of the training.  I’m really interested in how to apply self-determination theory to classroom practice, so Erika Patall’s research is a great match for me.  And I was charmed by Austin itself, not least by the interview-day breakfast tacos.

Q. What do you like best about the educational psychology program?

A.  Everything is new to me right now, so my answer to this question will likely change over time.  Right now I’m thrilled by the opportunity to be a part of the school psychology program and the MERG lab simultaneously.  I want to eventually become a school psychologist who conducts research or program evaluation in schools, so it’s exciting that my training already involves a mixture of practical skills and research.

Q. How did you decide on your current research interests?

A.  As a teacher, I was always drawn to students who didn’t like school or who shied away from difficult tasks.  I’ve always believed that every student could connect with school and embrace challenge if teachers created motivating environments.  In my teaching, I became particularly fascinated by issues surrounding autonomy-support and growth-mindset thinking—how could my curriculum balance freedom with high standards, and how could I encourage students to focus on improvement instead of performance?  Once I started my Master’s program I was delighted to discover the rich body of research on these topics, and I want to become a school psychologist who helps put classroom research into practice—one teacher, school, or district at a time.

Q. Name one thing you have always wanted to do but have not yet had the chance.

A. Write a book.

Q. Do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies?

A. I love collage and bookmaking, and actually taught a paper crafts elective when I was a middle school teacher.

Q. What’s something a lot of your colleagues don’t know about you?

A. I have a black belt in karate.

Q. What was your proudest moment or greatest accomplishment?

A. My last year as a middle school English teacher, one of my primary goals was to promote growth-mindset thinking and an emphasis on process instead of product.  On the last day of school, I ended class with a compliment circle, and almost every compliment the students offered focused on a peer’s effort or specific improvements—“I know you didn’t like reading very much last year but this year you worked really hard and got better at it,” or “You really added a lot of similes to your poems this year and that was neat.”  That was a proud moment.

 


Longing for summer?

As the weather continues to cool down (hopefully), and as papers and exams start piling up, you may be longing to return back to summer. =)

Here’s a recap of what MERG members were doing this past summer and are probably wishing they had more of, now that the fall semester is in full swing!

 

Jennifer

“When I’m not working on my dissertation,

I’m reading great books such as Dan Brown’s Inferno and Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.”

 

Erika

“When I’m not working on reading all my students’ papers and analyzing confusing intensive longitudinal data,

I’m going to Little Shop of Horrors in Zilker park with my awesome family or hanging out in Hawaii with Asa!”

 

Scott

“When I’m not brainstorming ideas for new studies,

I’m keeping cool by the river. (Sometimes I even do both at the same time!)”

 

Ariana

“When I’m not video coding for the Autonomy Support in High School study,

I’m decorating our new home.”

 

Rebecca

“When I’m not learning about meta-analysis,

I’m attending the weddings of friends and spending time with family.”

 

Carlton

“When I’m not coding for my dissertation,

I’m enjoying beautiful nature at places like Yosemite and Monterey.”


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