Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, University of Memphis, 1990-92, Memphis, TN
M.S. in Cognitive Psychology, University of Memphis, 1987-90, Memphis, TN
B.A. in Psychology, University of Dayton, 1983-87, Dayton, OH
What enables us to make sense of what we experience when we read a novel or comic book or watch a movie or tv show? What is similar and different about making sense of information in these different forms of media? I have spent my career pursuing answers to these questions. In my research, my colleagues and I have learned that there are unique and common processes that support our ability to make sense of different media, but the implications of these similarities and differences requires more research.
What make college students ready to read for their college coursework? How might we help those who need support? Can we learn about students from having them talk about their understanding of what they read or watch, and how can we get computers to help us answer that question? I have also spent my career answering these questions. We have learned that success is college is more than just being a successful reader. College students need to be motivated to accomplish personal goals when they read; they need to be aware of why they are asked to read in their courses; and they need to be strategic when they read. Understanding these factors and how they are related to college success requires more research.
Magliano, J. P., Talwar, A., Feller, D. P., Wang, Z., O’Reilly, T., and Sabatini, J. (2023). “Exploring Thresholds in the Foundational Skills for Reading and Comprehension Outcomes in the Context of Postsecondary Readers.” Journal of Learning Disorders, 56, 43-57. DOI: 10.1177/00222194221087
Magliano, J. P., Flynn, L., Feller, D. P., McCarthy, K. S., McNamara, D. S., and Allen, L. (2022). “Leveraging a Multidimensional Linguistic Analysis of Constructed Responses Produced by College Readers.” Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 936162. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.936162
Hutson, J. P., Magliano, J. P., Smith, T., and Loschky, L. C. (2021). “A ‘Ticking’ in My Head: How Sound Design, Dialogue, Event Structure and Viewer Working Memory Interact When Comprehending ‘Touch of Evil.’” Projections, 15(1) 1-27.
Magliano, J. P., Higgs, K., Santuzzi, A., Tonks, S. M., O’Reilly, T., Sabatini, J., Feller, D. P., Kopatich, R. J. Ray, M., and Parker, C. (2020). “Testing the Inference Mediation Hypothesis in a Post-Secondary Context.” Contemporary Educational Psychology, 61. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2020.101863.
Magliano, J. P., Kurby, C. A., Ackerman, T., Garlitch, S. M., and Stewart, J. M. (2020). “Lights, Camera, Action: The Role of Editing and Framing on the Processing of Filmed Events.” Journal of Cognitive Psychology.