Faculty & School/Dept.
Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology
PhD - 2001
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Melody Wiseheart heads the Cognitive Flexibility Lab at York University. We study how cognitive flexibility and executive function change across the lifespan, during childhood development and aging. We develop and validate tools for teachers that are based on cognitive psychology principles, including spacing, testing, and feedback effects. We examine the effects of arts and fitness training on cognitive ability and academic achievement.
Selected papers. All can be downloaded at http://www.yorku.ca/ncepeda/publications.html
Technology and Education:
Sana, F., Weston, T., & Cepeda, N. J. (2013). Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers. Computers and Education, 62, 24-31. http://www.yorku.ca/ncepeda/laptopFAQ.html
Moreno, S., Bialystok, E., Barac, R., Schellenberg, E. G., Cepeda, N. J., & Chau, T. (2011). Short-term music training enhances verbal intelligence and executive function. Psychological Science, 22, 1425-1433.
Cognitive Flexibility and Executive Function:
Cepeda, N. J., Blackwell, K. A., & Munakata, Y. (2013). Speed isn’t everything: Complex processing speed measures mask individual differences and developmental changes in executive control. Developmental Science, 16, 269-286.
Blackwell, K. A., Cepeda, N. J., & Munakata, Y. (2009). When simple things are meaningful: Working memory strength predicts children's cognitive flexibility. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 103, 241-249.
Cepeda, N. J., Kramer, A. F., & Gonzalez de Sather, J. C. M. (2001). Changes in executive control across the life-span: Examination of task switching performance. Developmental Psychology, 37, 715-730.
Simone, P. M., Bell, M., & Cepeda, N. J. (2012). Diminished but not forgotten: Effects of aging on magnitude of spacing effect benefits. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68, 674-680.
Cepeda, N. J., Vul, E., Rohrer, D., Wixted, J. T., & Pashler, H. (2008). Spacing effects in learning: A temporal ridgeline of optimal retention. Psychological Science
Cepeda, N. J., Pashler, H., Vul, E., Wixted, J. T., & Rohrer, D. (2006). Distributed practice in verbal recall tasks: A review and quantitative synthesis. Psychological Bulletin, 132, 354-380.
Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes
Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes
If you would like a position in the lab, please see http://www.yorku.ca/ncepeda/positions.html