Psychology

New psychology professor aims to learn more about learning – Eckerd College News

Summary

Ever since she was a child, Jessica Leffers, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Eckerd College, was curious about human behavior. “My parents would put me to bed, and I’d sneak out and listen to the grown-ups talking,” she says. “I just loved thinking about why people behave the way they do.”

It was her first research project. She was around 5 or six, and she was on her way.

Leffers, who is three months into her first year of teaching at Eckerd, grew up just nor…….

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Ever since she was a child, Jessica Leffers, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Eckerd College, was curious about human behavior. “My parents would put me to bed, and I’d sneak out and listen to the grown-ups talking,” she says. “I just loved thinking about why people behave the way they do.”

It was her first research project. She was around 5 or six, and she was on her way.

Leffers, who is three months into her first year of teaching at Eckerd, grew up just north of Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland. Her father is from Virginia, and her mother from India. They met while they were working at a biotech lab in Washington.

Leffers earned her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, where she was a key member of the women’s soccer team. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from Northeastern University in Boston.

Among the courses she teaches are Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, and Human Learning and Cognition. Her research interests center around how people think and organize what they know about social categories like race, religion and gender. Her studies include both children and adults and investigate how cognitive biases play a role in the way people process information, remember others and make decisions regarding social others.

Like her fellow faculty members who studied at smaller universities, Leffers found Eckerd a perfect fit. With the help of a little paperback book.

“I knew I wanted to be in a small, quirky liberal arts school,” she says. “And I did not want to live in Florida because I’d be too far from my family. My plan was to spend five years in Boston and then move back to Maryland.

Source: https://www.eckerd.edu/news/blog/psychology-professor-learning/