I am currently accepting both undergraduate and graduate students to work in my lab. If you are interested in working in my lab as a research assistant or MAIS student (or would like more information), please feel free to contact me!
Fall '13 Classes: I am teaching the following class in the Fall term.
Psychonomics 2013: Please come see my poster at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Saturday night session) in November in Toronto!
I was born in Elgin, IL (just northwest of Chicago) and completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. Later that same year, I began graduate school (also at the University of Illinois at Chicago) working with Dr. Jennifer Wiley in the Cognitive Psychology program. After graduating, I accepted a position at Arizona State University in the Cognitive Science and Engineering program, where I was promoted to Associate Professor in the Spring of 2012. Starting Fall 2012, I accepted a position at Oregon State University, where I currently serve as an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychological Science.
I have several hobbies, all of which require more money or time than I can often spare. These include things such as hiking, playing the guitar, video games, and golf to name a few. I am also an ardent baseball and football fan.
My research falls broadly into 2 categories: (1) basic research focusing on cognitive abilities and performance in complex domains, and (2) the human factors of using/designing technology.
For example, on the more basic side, I am interested in how individuals' spatial and attentional abilities influence how people perform in complex domains such as science learning and analytical reasoning. I use this kind of information to determine different ways to present information to learners of different abilities, so that they understand the material as best as possible. I believe that cognitive abilities not only dictate what, but also how, we learn, and naturally are integral to the process of designing learning environments that maximize all individuals' learning potential.
Similarly, I am also interested in the design of interfaces and how software and hardware interact to affect end usage. Given the increasing use of smaller, more mobile, technologies, I feel it is imperative to have an appropriate understanding of what these technologies enable us to do (and not do) well. These issues must be investigated through quality research and the application of appropriate theory to improve and refine the final product.
While pursuing these lines of research, I have employed several different methodologies as a researcher, including think-aloud protocols, standard behavioral paradigms, advanced statistical modeling techniques, and also eyetracking.
If you are interested in becoming an undergraduate research assistant, or are considering applying to graduate school here at OSU, please contact me using the information above.
Current Sponsored Research Projects
Selected recent publications: (for a complete list of publications, please click HERE)
Selected presentations: (for a more complete list of presentations, please click HERE)
Garland, T.B. & Sanchez, C.A. (2012, May). Spatial Abilities and Dynamic Visualizations Influence on Learning from Instructional Media. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
Garland, T.B., & Sanchez, C.A. (2011, November). Spatial Abilities and Learning Procedural Motor Tasks from Instructional Media. Poster presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.
Banas, S., & Sanchez, C.A. (2011, September). Working memory and how it relates to learning implicit website structure. Paper presented at the 55th annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas, NV.
Sanchez, C.A. (2011, April). Using video games to enhance learning of spatial science concepts. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
Sanchez, C.A., & Wiley, J. (2008, July). Learning from scrolling interfaces: Interactions with working memory capacity. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Washington, D.C.
Wiley, J., Sanchez, C.A., & Griffin, T.D. (2007, July). Designing for Understanding: The Impact of Tasks and Individual Differences on Learning Science from the Web. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text; Discourse, Glasgow, Scotland.
I also head the Applied Cognitive Theory, Usability and Learning (ACTUAL) laboratory at OSU. The goal of the ACTUAL lab is to use the principles of cognitive psychology to effectively design and evaluate learning environments and human interfaces. The ACTUAL lab is located in Reed Lodge.
Current projects being conducted within the ACTUAL Lab:
Lab alumni: Steven Banas, M.S.; Tegan Garland, M.S., James (Zach) Goolsbee, M.S., Jerome Sinocruz, M.S.
I teach several classes at OSU. Please note that these classes are not offered every semester. If you are interested in what I am teaching in a specific semester, please see the announcements above, or contact me.
The best way to get in touch with me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also feel free to contact me at my office phone number and leave a message if I do not answer.