Brooke N. Macnamara, Principal Investigator

The goal of the Skill, Learning, and Performance Laboratory is to investigate environmental (e.g. task features), cognitive (e.g. working memory capacity), and experiential (e.g. practice) factors that influence task performance, both in terms of changes within an individual (e.g. learning) and variation across people (i.e. differences).








Members of the S.L.A.P. lab research factors associated with learning, skill acquisition, achievement, and expertise. This includes examining
• how types and amounts of experience predict individual differences in expertise,
• how various cognitive abilities predict individual differences in skilled performance,
• how beliefs predict achievement, and
• how task characteristics interact with other factors to predict performance.

Work in the lab also includes investigations of
• underlying cognitive processes (from mechanisms of cognitive control to individual differences in indulging the sunk cost fallacy),
• the role of artificial intelligence on human skill, and
emotion-cognition interaction traits on skill, learning, and performance.

Please visit the openings page if you are interested in working with this lab.

Please also explore the SLAP lab’s sister lab: Bilingualism and Communication Performance Laboratory.