Johnson Scholar Elise Gagnon Wins Psi Chi/APS Summer Research Grant
This spring, Elise Gagnon won a summer research grant from the American Psychological Association and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Elise is researching analogical reasoning among women in the Chicago area.
Elise Gagnon is Johnson Scholar and a research assistant in the Psychology Department’s Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (CAN) lab.
“Since the Spring of 2011, I have worked on an EEG study that examines the development of analogical reasoning among females ages 9-30. Analogy is particularly important for facilitating learning in math and science, two areas where women are frequently underrepresented. We hope to illuminate the neural mechanisms involved in analogical reasoning and offer interventions for improving this type of learning in schools. This summer we continue to recruit girls from around the Chicagoland area and have begun analyzing our EEG data. We look forward to presenting our behavioral data in the fall at the annual conference for the Cognitive Development Society (CDS). I have really enjoyed meeting all the young women around Chicago and showing them that women can thrive in the sciences.”