Eric Amsel

Eric Amsel
Weber State University · Department of Psychology

Ph.D.

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January 2006 - January 2016
Weber State University
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The article highlights the importance and challenges of identifying program-level outcome assessment strategies for associate’s degree psychology programs. We discuss the value of such program outcomes for quality assurance, improved teaching and learning, and efficient transfer. However, as we document, there is little uniformity in the psychology...
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Decades of research have documented young students’ misinterpretations of the equal sign and the impediments these present for children’s mathematical development. Much less is known about individual differences in adults’ knowledge of the equal sign. We assessed 182 college students from developmental math courses and present analyses from a subse...
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We compared the performance of senior psychology majors, introductory psychology students, and similarly aged individuals with no college psychology on seven different outcome measures including multiple-choice knowledge tests, attitudes, and open-ended scenarios requiring qualitative responses. On all measures, both senior psychology majors and in...
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Ratio bias occurs when low-probability events with large numerators are judged as more probable than identical or higher-probability ratios with small numerators. Chinese and American adolescents made judgments on ratio bias problems with identical winning probabilities and unequal winning probabilities and completed a test of numeracy. In general,...
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A central understanding in mathematics is knowledge of math equivalence, the relation indicating that two quantities are equal and interchangeable. Decades of research have documented elementary-school (ages 7-11) children’s (mis)understanding of math equivalence, and recent work has developed a construct map, including comprehensive assessments of...
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The Utah System Policy for General Education, annually revised by the USHE General Education Taskforce, on which I sit as a voting member. This version, created from 2015-2016, was a massive overhaul from the previous policy. It shifts emphasis away from course numbering, which was previously the primary articulation vehicle, to learning outcomes a...
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This article examines the development of logical and hypothetical reasoning from early childhood through adolescence and young adulthood. These two forms of reasoning enable adolescents to entertain and coordinate deductively valid and ontologically possible propositions. The development of logical and hypothetical reasoning in adolescence involves...
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The article introduces the special issue addressing Johnson’s (2013) account of Form Psychology, which provides a conceptual method to scientifically study the whole person. Form Psychology is presented as a theoretically significant proposal that integrates multiple conceptualizations of the whole person. The pedagogical value of such an understan...
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232 http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/plat.2014.13.3.232 Two studies explored conceptual change in undergraduate psychology students' acceptance of the scientific foundations of the discipline. In Study 1, Introductory Psychology students completed the Psychology as Science questionnaire (PAS) at the beginning and end of the semester and did so from their...
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This study explored relations among late adolescents' sociomoral reasoning about risk taking, risk stance, and behavior. One-hundred and thirty-two participants (18–20-year-olds) were surveyed about their own risk stance (Avoidant, Opportunistic, Curious, Risk Seeking) and behavior in three realms (Alcohol Use, Drug Use, Reckless Driving), and soci...
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American undergraduate psychology students' (N = 438) beliefs about the scientific nature of the discipline were assessed as a function of their year in college (first to fourth year) and academic status in psychology (a comprehensive, limited, or minimal program of study in psychology). Students completed the Psychology as a Science (PAS) question...
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This book explores the central importance of adolescents' own activities in their development. This focus harkens back to Jean Piaget's genetic epistemology and provides a theoretically coherent vision of what makes adolescence a distinctive period of development, with unique opportunities and vulnerabilities. An interdisciplinary and international...
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This book explores the central importance of adolescents' own activities in their development. This focus harkens back to Jean Piaget's genetic epistemology and provides a theoretically coherent vision of what makes adolescence a distinctive period of development, with unique opportunities and vulnerabilities. An interdisciplinary and international...
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This book explores the central importance of adolescents' own activities in their development. This focus harkens back to Jean Piaget's genetic epistemology and provides a theoretically coherent vision of what makes adolescence a distinctive period of development, with unique opportunities and vulnerabilities. An interdisciplinary and international...
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In 2 studies, the authors examined college students' awareness of irrational judgments on gambling tasks. Participants could express a preference between 2 gambles with equivalent ratios (1:10 vs. 10:100) for Study 1 or no preference for Study 2. Participants also rated their certainty that each response option (i.e., 1:10, 10:100, no preference) w...
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Metacognitive knowledge of the dual-processing basis of judgment is critical to resolving conflict between analytic and experiential processing responses [Klaczynski, P. A. (2004). A dual-process model of adolescent development: Implications for decision making, reasoning, and identity. In R. V. Kail (Ed.), Advances in child development and behavio...
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To compare the incidence, progression, and duration of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in low-birth-weight Hispanic and white non-Hispanic infants. A total of 671 white non-Hispanic infants and 128 Hispanic infants with birth weights less than 1751 g were retrospectively evaluated to determine the incidence of both ROP and subthreshold or worse RO...
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The present study explores how suppositions which conflict with accepted beliefs are represented and reasoned about. Two studies test the predictions regarding the nature and developmental changes in children's ability to represent and reason about hypothetical or make-believe suppositions which violate their everyday knowledge and beliefs. In Stud...
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To assess developmental differences in evidence evaluation skills, 77 second- and third-grade students, 85 sixth- and seventh-grade students, 36 non-college-educated adults, and 40 college students were presented with four data sets depicting plants grown by each of four people. The data sets presented a perfect positive or zero correlation between...
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2 studies examined 5–12-year-olds' judgments regarding the behavior of balance scales and other levers whose arms varied in a causal (the number of equally weighted objects or their distances from the fulcrum) or a noncausal (the color, position, or orientation of objects) variable. There were age-related increases in correct judgments for each cau...
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2 studies examined 5-12-year-olds' judgments regarding the behavior of balance scales and other levers whose arms varied in a causal (the number of equally weighted objects or their distances from the fulcrum) or a noncausal (the color, position, or orientation of objects) variable. There were age-related increases in correct judgments for each cau...
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Two studies examined how children conceive of the true and pretend identities of an object used in object-substitution pretense. In each study, 3- and 4-year-olds were assessed for their memory for each identity of an object that they used in a previous episode of pretend play (Study 1) or observed someone else using (Study 2). More children correc...
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Two studies examined how children conceive of the true and pretend identities of an object used in object-substitution pretense. In each study, 3- and 4-year-olds were assessed for their memory for each identity of an object that they used in a previous episode of pretend play (Study 1) or observed someone else using (Study 2). More children correc...
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Reviews the book, Constructive evolution: Origins and development of Piaget's thought by Michael Chapman (see record 1988-97990-000). Canadian developmental psychologists have been among the harshest critics, most articulate supporters, and most creative extenders of Piaget's theory. Michael Chapman's book is in this reflective and interpretive tra...
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It is argued that conservation judgements are based on a particular combination of logical necessity and empirical belief. The empirical belief is that a given transformation will not alter a particular quantity (Elkind's conservation of identity). The logical aspect is a transitive deductive argument containing an initial equivalence of two quanti...
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In the initial set of studies, reported in Part II (Chapters 3-6), we examine subjects' coordination of theory and evidence as manifested in their ability to evaluate newly presented evidence that bears on a theory that they have espoused. In the work reported in Part III, we first replicate the initial research, this time using real (rather than...
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Typescript (photocopy). Thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University, 1986. Bibliography: leaves 257-267.

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