Psychology professor attends conference in Germany

Waldorf College
8/16/2013
 
Dr. Sara Finley, assistant professor of psychology at Waldorf College, presented two research projects at the 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Berlin, Germany, this month.

For the talk titled “Rapid Learning of Morphological Paradigms,” Dr. Finley and Elizabeth Wiemers, an undergraduate student from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill., shared their research of how people learn word endings that signify gender and number.

Dr. Finley also presented a poster entitled, “The Effect of Non-Linguistic Patterns on Linguistic Biases,” which showed that language could be affected by what people see. In her research, she discovered that watching a visual pattern could change a person’s judgment of new words, as people can make comparisons between language and vision.

To be accepted for presentation at the conference, members of the Cognitive Science Society submit research papers for review by other members. According to Dr. Finley, roughly a quarter of the submitted papers were accepted as talks, with less than half selected for poster presentations. More than 1000 professionals attended the conference.

The 2013-14 academic year marks Dr. Finley’s second year at Waldorf College, where she teaches cognitive psychology courses and advanced research methods.