Lu Ding, Ph.D.

Lu Ding is a postdoctoral research associate in the Learning and Cognition Lab directed by Dr. Michelene Chi. Luís research interests focus on student motivation and engagement, and technology supported learning. She is currently working on the vicarious learning project, which aims to use dialogue videos to promote college studentsí cognitive engagement in STEM field. Lu received her Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia. She is also an amateur graphic designer. You can reach her at

Joshua Morris, Ph.D.

Josh is a postdoctoral research associate in the Learning and Cognition Lab, LCL lab. He is most interested in classroom-based research about how to foster critical thinking through collaborative activities. He is currently working on the ICAP project and examining ways to help teachers use the ICAP framework to develop and revise their instructional practice to optimize their studentsí cognitive engagement. Josh received his PhD from Illinois where he worked with Richard Anderson on the Collaborative Reasoning project. Before graduate school, Josh taught 5th grade at the Benchmark School in Media, Pennsylvania. You can reach him at

Polly Lai, Ph.D.

Polly Lai is a postdoctoral fellow at the Learning Cognition Lab (LCL) at Arizona State University. Her research interests include embodied cognition based approaches involving the use of computational models and visualizations to help university students learn challenging concepts in nanoscience. She currently works on LCL's Emergence project, where she researches ways to teach emergent science processes in the classroom. Polly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, and has five years work experience with a semiconductor manufacturing company as an instructional designer developing online courses for engineering professional development. She received her PhD and Master of Learning Sciences and Technology from the University of Sydney and is a resident of Australia and Canada.

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a graduate student in Mary Lou Fulton Teacherís college at ASU. Joshua received his B.A. in social science from the University of Alaska Southeast and his M.S. in experimental psychology from Western Washington University. He is currently working on statistical analyses with the ICAP year two data and designing an experiment to test the ICAP model in learning disability populations. He can be contacted at

David Yaghmourian

David Yaghmourian is a staff research assistant at the Chi Learning and Cognition Lab. He graduated from ASU in May of 2014 with a B.Sc. in psychology and a minor in sociology. He started working in the lab in 2012 as an undergraduate research assistant, and applied quantitative coding and analyses to help explain why observing a video of a tutor and tutee can be more effective for learning than observing a didactic monologue. He can be contacted

Kiranpreet (Kiran) Khangura

Kiran is a Senior undergraduate student in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, under the Astrobiology and Biogeosciences focus. Research Aide in the Learning and Cognition Lab. Working to improve scientific literacy among non-scientists. She can be contacted at

Vishnu Narang

Vishnu is a Computer Science graduate student at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He joined the lab as a Research Aide in August 2016 and has been with the lab since. His primary role entails building web applications that are needed for various studies in the lab and is also responsible for the website development amongst other tasks. He can be contacted

Last Updated: September 28, 2017