Jennifer McCabe

Director and Associate ProfessorPsychology

Jennifer McCabe is Associate Professor of Psychology at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She also currently serves as the Director for the Center for Psychology. She completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2004 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on aging and working memory. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2008, she taught at Marietta College for four years. At Goucher, she teaches introductory courses and also middle- and upper-level courses on human cognition. Her current research interests include memory strategies, metacognition, and applications of memory theories to teaching and learning in higher education. Each semester, she mentors a research team of 3-6 Goucher students, which has resulted in co-authored professional conference presentations and peer-reviewed articles.  

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

McCabe, J. A., & Lummis, S. N. (under revision). Why and how do undergraduates study in groups?

McCabe, J. A. (under review). What learning strategies do academic support centers recommend to undergraduates?

Publications

Lummis, S. N., McCabe, J. A., Sickles, A. L., Byler, R. A., Hochberg, S. A., Eckart, S. E., & Kahler, C. E. (2017). Lyrical memory: Mnemonic effects of music for musicians and non-musicians. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 22.2, 141-150. doi: 10.24839/2325-7342.JN22.2.141

McCabe, J. A., Redick, T. P., & Engle, R. W. (2016). Brain-training pessimism, but applied-memory optimism. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 17(3), 187-191. doi: 10.1177/1529100616664716

McCabe, J. A. (2015). Learning the brain in Introductory Psychology: Examining the generation effect for mnemonics and examples. Teaching of Psychology, 42(3), 203-210. doi: 10.1177/0098628315587617

McCabe, J. A. (2015). Location, location, location! Demonstrating the mnemonic benefit of the method of loci. Teaching of Psychology, 42(2), 169-173. doi: 10.1177/0098628315573143

McCabe, J. A., Osha, K. L., Roche, J. A., & Susser, J. A. (2013). Psychology students’ knowledge and use of mnemonics. Teaching of Psychology, 40(3), 183-192. doi: 10.1177/0098628313487460

Susser, J. A., & McCabe, J. (2013). From the lab to the dorm room: Metacognitive awareness and use of spaced study. Instructional Science, 41(2), 345-363. doi: 10.1007/s11251-012-9231-8

McCabe, J., Doerflinger, A., & Fox, R. (2011).Student and faculty perceptions of e-feedback. Teaching of Psychology, 38(3), 173-179. doi: 10.1177/0098628311411794

McCabe, J. (2011). Metacognitive awareness of learning strategies in undergraduates. Memory and Cognition, 39(3), 462-476. doi: 10.3758/s13421-010-0035-2

McCabe, J., & Hartman, M. (2008).Working memory for item and temporal information in younger and older adults. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 15(5), 574-600. doi: 10.1080/13825580801956217

McCabe, J., & Hartman, M. (2008). An analysis of age differences in perceptual speed. Memory and Cognition, 36(8), 1495-1508. doi: 10.3758/MC.36.8.1495

McCabe, J., & Hartman, M. (2003).Examining the locus of age effects on complex span tasks. Psychology and Aging, 18(3), 562-572. doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.18.3.562

Exhibits or Performances

Popular Press and Videos


How to Design a Blog Writing Assignment in 3 Easy Steps by Yana Weinstein and Jennifer McCabe (The Learning Scientists blog post, June 2016): http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/6/30-1

Tricks to Retain Studied Information Part I (Lasting Learning expert interview with Jennifer McCabe, March 2016): http://www.lastinglearning.com/2016/03/08/tricks-to-retain-studied-information-for-a-later-test/

Tricks to Retain Studied Information Part II (Lasting Learning expert interview with Jennifer McCabe, March 2016): http://www.lastinglearning.com/2016/03/07/tricks-to-retain-studied-information-part-ii-dr-jennifer-mccabe/

Beyond ROY G BIV: Enhancing memory for course information using mnemonics (invited lecture at EdCog Symposium, August 2015):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVCGFh9ARIg&list=PLV7zOJyRGNPOnE585r8TjSLdE40fmepUW&index=6

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Instructional Resource Award (Project title: Learning Strategy Demonstrations for the Psychology Classroom), Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 2013.

Instructional Resource Award (Project title: Integrating Mnemonics into Psychology Instruction), Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 2010.

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

McCabe, J. A., Lummis, S. N., Pearman, A. K., Spell, J. A., Hochberg, S. A., Turner, A. P., & Hopkins, M. E. (2017, March). The why and how of group learning in undergraduates. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Lummis, S. N., McCabe, J. A., Sickles, A. L., Eckart, S. E., Hochberg, S. A., Kahler, C. E., Stern, B. Z., Hauptman, A. J., & Stern, T. (2017, March). Lyrical memory: Mnemonic effects of music for musicians and non-musicians. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Friedman-Wheeler, D. G., McCabe, J. A., Mazid, L. J., DeVault, K., Weinstein, R. N., Reese, Z., Hoffmann, C., & Barrera, M. (2016, March). Mindfulness in the college classroom.  Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

Shevlin, B. R. K., & McCabe, J. A. (2016, March). Relationship between responses and reaction times on the Cognitive Reflection Test. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York City, NY.

McCabe, J. A. (2015, November). A generation effect for mnemonics, not examples: Evidence from a classroom activity. Poster presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Friedman-Wheeler, D. G., McCabe, J. A., Weinstein, R. N., Barrera, M. L., Reese, Z., & Brody, J. (2015, November). Mindfulness in the college classroom: Working memory, elaboration, and retention of course content. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Chicago, IL.

McCabe, J. A., Friedman-Wheeler, D. G., Davis, S. R., Pearce, J., John, K., Hauptman, A. J., & Ruff, E. S. (2015, March). SET for success: Targeted instruction in learning strategies and behavior change. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Stern, B. Z., Collins, E. K., Hauptman, A. J., Eckart, S. E., & McCabe, J. A. (2015, March). Drawing from memory: Providing and generating pictures during keyword mnemonic learning. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Collins, E. K., McCabe, J. A., Hauptman, A. J., Meyers-Orr, B. M., & Stern, B. Z. (2014, August). Does picture generation enhance keyword mnemonic learning? Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

McCabe, J. A., Collins, E. K., Meyers-Orr, B. M., & Witham, M. B. (2013, March). Getting the GIST of memory: Teaching effective learning strategies in Introductory Psychology. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

Shevlin, B. R. K. & McCabe, J. A. (2013, March). Cognitive reflection in undergraduates: Relationships with educational experiences and metacognition. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

McCabe, J. A. (2013, January). The Introductory Psychology Laboratory as Gateway to Scientific Literacy. Participant Idea Exchange (PIE) session at the 35th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Petersburg Beach, FL.

McCabe, J. A., Chefitz, L. S., Shevlin, B. R. K., & Turpin, S. (2012, March). Hand gestures and mnemonics: Effects of viewing and enacting. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

McCabe, J. A., Osha, K. L., Roche, J. A., & Susser, J. A. (2011, May). Undergraduates’ knowledge and use of mnemonics: A survey study. Poster presented at the 18th Annual APS-STP Teaching Institute, at the 23rd Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, DC.

McCabe, J. A., Craig, A. A., Foley, J. E., Rose, A., Cephas, R. M., & Chefitz, L. S. (2011, March). Adding gestures to mnemonics: Do hands help recall? Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambridge, MS.

Osha, K. L., Roche, J. A., & McCabe, J. A. (2011, March). Change detection predictions: Overconfidence, hindsight bias, and correlations with metacognition. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambridge, MS.

Susser, J. A., & McCabe, J. A. (2011, March). From the lab to the dorm room: Metacognitive awareness and use of the spacing effect. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambridge, MS.

McCabe, J. A. (2010, November). Metacognition in college students: Predicting the outcomes of learning scenarios. Poster presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.

Invited Talks

McCabe, J. A. (2015, August). Beyond ROY G BIV: Enhancing memory for course information using mnemonics. Invited paper at the 2015 McMaster Symposium on Education & Cognition (EdCog2015), Ontario, Canada.

Academic or Professional Associations

Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology, Member, 2015

Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), Member, 2008

Association for Psychological Science (APS), Member, 2007

Psychonomic Society – Associate Member, 2005

Women in Cognitive Science, Member, 2005

American Psychological Association (APA), Member, 2000

Division 2 – Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 2005

Division 3 – Experimental Psychology, 2011

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

Other Peer-reviewed Work


McCabe, J. A., & Friedman-Wheeler, D. G. (in press). Mindfulness and meditation in psychology courses. In W. Altman, & L. Stein (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 17). To be published on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/index.php

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Make It Stick in cognitive psychology. Retrieved from the Teaching with Metacognition web site: http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/make-it-stick-in-cognitive-psychology-mccabe/

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Between-Subjects Research Design. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Control Groups. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Convenience Sample. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Counterbalancing. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Cross-Sectional Research Design. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Floor and Ceiling Effects. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Regression Toward the Mean. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McCabe, J. A. (2017). Within-Subjects Research Design. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McCabe, J. A. (2016). Goucher College Cognitive Psychology Syllabus. Society for the Teaching of Psychology Project Syllabus. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. http://teachpsych.org/Resources/Documents/otrp/syllabi/JM16cognitive.pdf

McCabe, J. A. (2014). Learning and memory demonstrations for the psychology classroom. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site, Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology: http://teachpsych.org/page-1603066

McCabe, J. A. (2011). Integrating mnemonics into psychology instruction. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site, Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology: http://teachpsych.org/page-1603066

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