Alyssa Lawson

Alyssa Lawson

Graduate Student



Richard Mayer

Research Area

Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience


Alyssa Lawson completed her BA in Psychology at Chapman University (next to Disneyland). After earning a BA, she attended California State University, Los Angeles and received her MA in Psychology. She started at UCSB in 2018 working with Dr. Richard Mayer. She first became interested in Psychology because she watched Criminal Minds and wanted to be a profiler.


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, virutal reality, multimedia lessons) may influence this relationship. Additionally, I am also researching the role of an instructor's emotional tone in student learning.

[Cognitive aspects of learning, technology in education, impact of working memory on learning, multimedia learning]