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Psychologist studying student performance on campus Friday

April 25, 2013

Psychology professor Sian Beilock of the University of Chicago will be on campus Friday to discuss her research, which explores the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations.  

Her research, at the intersection of cognitive science and education, has explored various ways to eliminate the effects of stereotype threats to student performance as test takers, athletes, and musicians.  

In the morning, Beilock will visit classes in the science center before conducting a workshop for faculty and staff on student performance anxiety from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the Mathers Room of Pearsons Hall. Beilock will offer a second workshop at 2:45 p.m. in Science Center 345, and meet with students from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Science Center 240.

She will also present a Faculty Forum, “Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting It Right When You Have To.”