Kevin Grobman

Kevin Grobman
California State University, Monterey Bay | CSUMB · Department of Psychology

PhD Psychology, MS Logic, BS Physics

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Introduction
My research examines how we creatively solve problems and develop a deeper conceptual understanding, by examining internal cognitive processes that underlie our struggles (e.g., working memory) and external social contexts that influence us (e.g., teachers use of inquiry learning pedagogy, parenting styles). The research methods I use include large-scale survey designs (e.g., science fairs) and experimental designs with in-depth coding of qualitative data (e.g., infant problem solving).
Additional affiliations
July 2014 - March 2020
California State University, Monterey Bay
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2011 - August 2014
St. Joseph's Academy
Position
  • Physics & Psychology Teacher
June 2005 - June 2011
Louisiana State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
August 1998 - August 2003
Pennsylvania State University
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 1996 - August 1998
Carnegie Mellon University
Field of study
  • Philosophy of Science & Mathematics
August 1991 - August 1995

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Storytelling aids student memory and learning. Instructors self-disclose personal stories and this helps students feel connected to their teachers and the subject. Storytelling and self-disclosure increase students’ perceptions of their affective, behavioral, and cognitive learning. It helps students engage more in class and use class concepts. Per...
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Students do not need professors to make them passionate about right and wrong. Morality provokes discussion through self-evident real-world implications; the topic provides a cross cutting theme to both broaden and deepen students’ understanding of psychology as a science. Introductory Psychology classes typically cover Lawrence Kohlberg’s model of...
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Demonstrate the confirmation bias with an interactive class activity adapted from Wason (1960) 2-4-6 Hypothesis Rule Discovery Task. This lab provides an engaging way to introduce research methodology in Psychology or other science classes. It also provides a concrete example for Philosophy classes of falsifiability in Karl Popper’s Philosophy of S...
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At what point do infants have their own mental representations, and realize that objects continue to exist even when not observed (i.e., object permanence). Jean Piaget (1952) suggested that acquiring representations requires an arduous struggle throughout infancy, with the basic object concept forming only around 8 months, and taking 24 months to...
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Is it really true people have either a left brain or a right brain personality corresponding with their dominant brain hemisphere? Prior to class, students complete a short reliable survey to identify brain hemispheric dominance and another short survey to identify brain hemisphere personality. During class, we introduce important topics in neurops...
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Although considerable progress has been made in understanding how adults perceive their direction of self-motion, or heading, from optic flow, little is known about how these perceptual processes develop in infants. In 3 experiments, the authors explored how well 3- to 6-month-old infants could discriminate between optic flow patterns that simulate...
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Artificial life provides important theoretical and methodological tools for the investigation of Piaget's developmental theory. This new method uses artificial neural networks to simulate living phenomena in a computer. A recent study by Parisi and Schlesinger suggests that artificial life might reinvigorate the Piagetian framework. We contrast art...

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