Associate Professor of Psychology
Kanbar Hall - 225
A general introduction to the major concerns of contemporary psychology, including physiological psychology, perception, learning, cognition, language, development, personality, intelligence, and abnormal and social behavior. Recommended for first- and second-year students. Juniors and seniors should enroll in the spring semester.
An introduction to the use of descriptive and inferential statistics and design in behavioral research. Weekly laboratory work in computerized data analysis. Required of majors no later than the junior year, and preferably by the sophomore year.
Professor Lovett specializes in cognitive development. She teaches courses in child development, language development, and statistics. Her research interests are children's conception of probability and randomness and their ability to distinguish between the mental processes of comprehension and memory.
Pillow, B.H. & Lovett, S.B. (1998). "He forgot": Young children's use of cognitive explanations for another person's mistakes. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.
Lovett, S.B. & Pillow, B.H. (1996). Development of the ability to distinguish between comprehension and memory: Evidence from goal-state evaluation tasks. Journal of Educational Psychology, 88, 596-562.
Lovett, S.B. & Pillow, B.H. (1995). Development of the ability to distinguish between comprehension and memory: Evidence from strategy-selection tasks. Journal of Educational Psychology, 87, 523-526.
Lovett, S.B. & Flavell, J.H. (1990). Understanding and remembering: Children's knowledge about the differential effects of strategy and task variables on comprehension and memorization, Child Development, 61, 1842-1858.
Summer Research at Bowdoin: From Sad Slugs to Curious Cubs: A Child's View of Animal Psychology