Polly Lai

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 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: March 28, 2017