Alyssa Lawson

Alyssa Lawson

Graduate Student


Richard Mayer

Research Area

Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience


I completed my BA in Psychology at Chapman University (next to Disneyland). After earning a BA, I attended California State University Los Angeles and received my MA in Psychology. I am currently a 2nd year PhD student in Richard Mayer's lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research focuses on the different aspects that influence learning and how to create a learning environment that allows for people to learn best.


My research focus is on understanding the cognitive aspects of learning as well as how different types of technology can help or harm learning. I am trying to understand how certain individual differences may influence someone’s ability to learn new material and how different types of technology (e.g., online learning, virtual reality, multimedia lessons), may influence this relationship. Additionally, I am also researching the role of an instructor’s emotional tone in student learning.