Doctoral Students

Image of Steve AgauasSteve Agauas, B.A., Teaching and Research Assistant at Central Michigan University, working on his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology

Teaching assistant for Psychology and Law, Fall 2013 Research Assistant under Dr. Jane Ashby,Spring 2013 - Present

Trained in eye tracking methods used to assess cognition while reading; currently examining the effects of aptness in adult metaphor comprehension. Also currently engaged in collaborative efforts with Dr. Kyle Scherr to examine Miranda rights comprehension in adult and adolescent populations. He is currently Graduate Advocate for the CMU Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus.

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​Peter Shlanta, M.A. Interested in examining the influence prolonged exposure to multimedia devices on visual capabilities such as perceptual span and visual attention. Future research projects will focus on how these visual changes may transfer to real-world visual tasks such as reading skill and reading efficiency.

Current projects within the eye-tracking lab are examining sentence predictability and how it interacts with parafoveal preview while reading. A second study will observe if self-report video game habits correlate with eye movement patterns and how a participant's parafoveal preview is used.

Recipient of an academic fellowship for 2015-2016. Working on his Ph.D in Experimental Psychology. Research assistant for Dr. Jane Ashby, 2015 - present.

Master's Students

Breanna Knudsen,  is currently enrolled in the M.S. program, Experimental Psychology

Thesis topic: studying the possible interactions of personality traits and linguistic manipulations on how consumers view advertisements. Her future plans: enroll in a PhD program in Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, or Biopsychology.
Other activities: active member in several RSOs; Vice President of North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO) CMU Chapter; student representative of CMU's Multicultural and Diversity Education Council.