Cognitive Science for Educators: Practical suggestions for an evidence-based classroom

Cognitive Science for Educators: Practical suggestions for an evidence-based classroom

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Robert Hausmann (a.k.a. “Dr. Bob”) grew up in the corn fields of Ohio. His parents were both teachers at a community college, and his best friend’s parents were professors of psychology and computer science at the local university. 

Given these influences, Dr. Bob was destined to become a cognitive scientist with a passion for education. While working on his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, he met Dr. Robert Glaser and was intrigued by something he said. Dr. Glaser wanted educators and cognitive scientists to speak a shared vocabulary. 

Cognitive science is admittedly an esoteric field of study, with its own unique lingo. Dr. Bob saw the utility in helping teachers understand the findings from cognitive science to improve the quality of education; therefore, he took up the goal that Dr. Glaser laid out for his students so many years ago. 

This book is an attempt to make that goal a reality, catalyzing conversations between cognitive scientists and educators and aiming to create a virtuous feedback loop between researchers and practitioners. 

 About the Author 

Bob Hausmann is currently employed as a cognitive scientist at Carnegie Learning, Inc., which is located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in cognitive psychology in 2005 from the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Dr. Michelene T.H. Chi. 

He received additional training at the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC) as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Kurt VanLehn and Dr. Timothy J. Nokes-Malach. Bob publishes a blog entitled Dr. Bob’s Cog Blog. 

The unifying theme that runs throughout all of these activities is a drive toward helping every student become an expert in a domain of her or his choice. In his spare time, Bob enjoys long-distance running, mountain biking, and traveling with his wife.