PhD Cognitive Psychology, MA Psychology/Evaluation
AREA OF RESEARCH: Cognition and Culture
What draws you to this area of research?
I have a strong interest in cultural differences, and how culture shapes the way one maneuvers through their environment as well as ones world view. Additionally, I’ve been blessed with a number of abroad experiences that have furthered an interest in how culture influences ones interpretation of the many things and situations one may encounter regularly. At the moment, I am studying the effects of language dependent recall on reporting the details of an autobiographical memory using Spanish-English bilinguals as participants.
Would you like to collaborate?
Areas for collaboration (research studies, publishing, conference presentations, etc.)
I can see myself collaborating on many different topics, particularly ones that involve evaluation or research surrounding cultural differences in learning and perception.
Publications / Presentations
Kanaya, T, Marsh, B., Soto, C., Zaldana, C. & Cathcart, J. (2010). A cross-linguistic examination of working memory development in bilingual children. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA
Alvarez, C., Kanaya, T., Alejandro, A., Morales, I. & Marsh, B. (2010). Effects of home language environment on bilingual children’s working memory development. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Cancun, Mexico
Future goals as a scholar
I planned to be a professor of psychology as well as an Evaluator. Perhaps, even a writer of some sort.
Must-read books or articles in your field
This is more of a list of readings that have inspired me in someway or another than a must read of cognitive psychology.
Nelson, K. (1993). The psychological and social origins of autobiographical memory. Psychological Science, 4(1), 1-8.
Sternberg, R. J. (2004). Culture and Intelligence. American psychologist, 59(5), 325-338. Thinking styles by Robert Sternberg.
Helpful resources at CGU
In my experience, there are no better resources than the students and faculty at CGU. Typically, someone in these two categories has an answer to your question.