Gerardo Ramirez

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Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
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Why do competent students underperform on academic exams? I use both laboratory and classroom field research as a way to gain a comprehensive understanding of how affective and motivational factors interact with cognitive constructs, such as working memory, to shape students’ interest and achievement in STEM domains. I also translate the knowledge I gain from basic research to the design of interventions that can help students to learn and perform at their best during stressful academic situations. The populations I study range from young children (e.g., 1st and 2nd graders) to college students and elementary school teachers. I am currently engaged in several projects to understand the role that math anxiety plays in the instructiona and learning that takes place in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms.

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