Lab Director and Professor
Martha W. Alibali
Department of Psychology and Department of Educational Psychology,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
office: (608) 262-0837
lab: (608) 263-0757
Andrea M. Donovan
Andrea is interested in cognitive development and mathematical learning in children. Her current research investigates the role of manipulatives in children’s mathematical learning and conceptual understanding of equations, and how children express new knowledge in performance, speech and gesture.
I am a fourth year graduate student advised by Martha Alibali and Percival Matthews. My research focuses on cognitive development and cut across cognitive, developmental, and educational psychology. In particular, I study how young children and adults understand and interpret covariation data, and its connections with other numerical and mathematical concepts.
I am a third year graduate student advised by Martha Alibali. Broadly, my research interests are focused on how visual representations help students solve math problems. Specifically, I am interested in how diagrams influences the degree to which a learner is capable of symbolizing an equation from a story problem, and how different visual representations of variability influence students (mis)conceptions about confidence intervals.
I’m a third year graduate student advised by Martha Alibali and Karl Rosengren. My research broadly centers on conceptual development. More specifically, on children’s understanding of the natural world, and how visual representations aid or hinder learning about biology. I am also interested in how children’s socialization into their given culture might influence their conception of life processes.