Na Li

Na is a post doc at the Chi Learning and Cognition Lab. She received her PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University with Dr. John Black. Na’s research interests include science education, conceptual change and complex systems thinking. Past work has been focused on designing simulation-based learning environment and instructional scaffolding in teaching secondary-level science. Currently, she has been focusing on interventions that can help people learn emergent concepts and reduce misconceptions. Meanwhile, she also works on the ICAP project. She can be contacted via email:

Dongchen Xu

Dongchen Xu is a graduate student of the CAP (Cognition, Action & Perception) Program in the Psychology Department here at Arizona State University. He graduated in 2010 from the Pennsylvania State University with degrees in Psychology and Biology. He is currently working on developing and assessing learning materials of Natural Selection that involves concepts from Complex Adaptive Systems (Emergence). He can be contacted via email:

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a graduate student in Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s 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

Christiana Bruchok

Christi is a graduate student and research assistant in the Chi Learning and Cognition Lab. She received her BA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and her MEd in Educational Technology from ASU. She worked in the industry as an instructional designer / trainer, and also spent a year as an English teacher in South Korea. She’s spent extensive time traveling the world, including a 16,000-mile self-supported bicycle ride to raise awareness about blindness. Her research interests include exploring learning as an emergent, self-organizing process and testing its implications for practice. Christi 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

Last Updated: November 3, 2015