April Drumm-Hewitt

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Email:
april.drumm-hewitt@simpson.edu
Phone Number:
515-961-1323
Office Location:
Mary-Berry
Office Hours:
Mary Berry, Rm. 409
Credentials:
PhD Cognitive Psychology – Binghamton University (SUNY), 2012
MS Psychology – Binghamton University (SUNY), 2009
BA Psychology – The College of New Jersey, 2007

I began my career at The College of New Jersey, where I learned that the great strength of being at a liberal arts college was the ability to interact with my professors one-on-one.  I had a great opportunity to work with a professor and a small group of other students in an ERP research lab, which got me interested in the research process and in the academic life.  After studying abroad in Australia for a semester, I decided that I was most interested in researching how language and memory interact with one another.  So, I went to Binghamton University where I completed my Masters and PhD in Cognitive Psychology specializing in research on reading, language, and memory. Now that I am at Simpson, I hope to be able to share with students the great one-on-one relationship that seems so much more possible at a liberal arts college.

In my research I investigate how reading can tell us something about the greater cognitive processes that we use in our everyday lives.  For example, I ask questions like: What kinds of information are important to us when we read?  After we have read something, what information will we remember and use later?  If we are reading about a story character, how much detail do we imagine for their world?  Is reading about a story character’s experiences really like experiencing something ourselves?  It is my hope that asking questions like these can help us to better understand the cognitive processes that we so often take for granted; memory, attention, language, mental imagery, mental organization and representation of knowledge, etc.

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