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Rachel is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Cognition and Neuroscience Program (previously the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Program) at Temple University working with Dr. Thomas F. Shipley. She received her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 2014 with a double major in Psychology and Physics and a minor in Applied Mathematics. A history of research in human perception and physics sparked her interest in learning about spatial perception and aiding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. This led her to Dr. Thomas F. Shipley’s lab where the focus is on learning about spatial cognition by studying student errors in the highly spatial STEM discipline of geoscience. She is currently working on completing her dissertation, which combines knowledge from physics education research with research on perceptual causality to further both disciplines.

Rachel’s research interests include: perceptual causality and animacy, event perception, visualizations and diagrams, STEM learning, physics education, and geoscience education. She is particularly interested in transdiciplinary and interdisciplinary research, including perspectives from educators and education researchers in her experiments alongside those of other cognitive psychologists.


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