Pooja Sidney

  • Assistant Professor
  • Psychology
012E Kastle Hall
Research Interests:

Broadly, I am interested in how children and adults think, learn, and solve problems. More specifically, my research examines how children develop mathematical understanding, and the features of instruction that might contribute to the depth of children's conceptual knowledge. I am particularly interested in ways of leveraging learners' prior knowledge (what they already know) to help them learn difficult new concepts. For example, my research shows that children can learn from analogies between familiar and new concepts, and even practicing with familliar concepts immediately before solving similar, more difficult problems can be helpful. I also study how children and adults learn from examples, including the roles of self-explanation, diagrams and pictures, and comparison in math concept learning. In a related line of research, I am examining how (and when) learners' attitudes and anxiety about math affect how they solve problems or learn from instruction.

Cognition and Development Lab

Here at UK, I am part of the Developmental area group and head of the Cognition and Development Lab.

Thinking about applying to the UK Psychology graduate program? I am accepting graduate students for Fall 2019!

Are you an undergraduate looking for research experience? I am no longer accepting undergraduate research assistants in Spring 2019, but if you are interested in joining my lab, please check back in for Fall 2019!

You can find more information about my work on my personal website.

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