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, including 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, I am interested in how individuals' visuospatial and attentional abilities influence how people learn in complex domains such as STEM areas . 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 integration of technology into our daily lives, 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.
For a complete list of my publications, please click HERE
Selected recent publications:
Sanchez, C.A., & Alley, Z.M. (in press). Advertising effectiveness and attitude change vary as a function of working memory capacity. Applied Cognitive Psychology.
Sanchez, C.A., Ruddell, B.L., Schiesser, R., & Merwade, V. (2016). Enhancing the T-shaped learning profile when teaching hydrology using data, modeling, and visualization activities. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20, 1289-1299.
Sanchez, C.A., & Jaeger, A.J. (2015). If it’s hard to read, it changes how long you do it: Reading time as an explanation for perceptual fluency effects on judgment. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22, 206-211.
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:
ACTUAL Lab alumni: Steven Banas, M.S.; Tegan Garland, M.S., James (Zach) Goolsbee, M.S., Jamie Naylor, M.S.; Jerome Sinocruz, M.S.
I teach several classes at OSU. Please note that these classes are not offered every term. If you are interested in what I am teaching in a specific term, please see the announcements above, or contact me.
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