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In the Learning and Cognition Lab, we are interested in applying cognitive psychology to education. We study cognitive and metacognitive aspects of learning in both adults and children.

In our modern, rapidly-changing world, learning takes place throughout the lifespan, and new technological advances provide opportunities for learning not only in formal educational settings, but also outside them. Knowing how to manage one's own learning has therefore become an important skill. Yet, research reveals that there is in fact much that we, as learners, do not tend to know about how best to manage our own learning. In our lab, we are interested in this discrepancy between what is best for learning (cognition) and what people think is best for learning (metacognition).

We examine learning strategies that make the learning process more difficult but result in better learning outcomes, like using tests as learning events and spacing study sessions over time. We are interested in understanding the cognitive processes that underlie the benefits of such strategies, their boundary conditions, and how they can be applied in the classroom to enhance students' learning.

We are also interested in the effect of motivation, both extrinsic (e.g., external reward) and intrinsic (e.g., curiosity), on learning. We examine whether motivation enhances learning and results in better learning outcomes and the effect of motivation on self-regulated learning. 

Finally, it is well known that effective learning requires accurate metacognitive monitoring and effective self-regulation of learning. We are therefore interested in understanding the situational and individual-level factors that trigger metacognitive processing during learning and affect its accuracy. 

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Learning and Cognition Lab
Room 106, Building 905
Faculty of Education
Bar-Ilan University

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