David Frank

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology. I earned my PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, before completing a post-doc at Case Western Reserve University. My research focuses on metacognition, strategy use, and skill acquisition. In short, I study how people improve their performance with practice, and how changes in strategies contribute to these performance improvements. Metacognition—literally thinking about thinking—comes in when people evaluate their own performance to determine what strategies are most effective.

Representative publications:

Macnamara, B. N., & Frank, D. J. (2018). How do task characteristics affect learning and performance? The roles of variably mapped and dynamic tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000487

Frank, D. J., & Macnamara, B. N. (2017). Does the acquisition of spatial skill involve a shift from algorithm to memory retrieval? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43(12), 1845-1856. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000429

Frank, D. J., & Kuhlmann, B. G. (2017). More than just beliefs: Experience and beliefs jointly contribute to volume effects on metacognitive judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 42(10), 680–693. http://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000332

Frank, D. J., & Touron, D. R. (2016). The Role of Task Understanding on Younger and Older Adults’ Performance. The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 0(0), gbw165. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbw165

Frank, D. J., Jordano, M. L., Browne, K., & Touron, D. R. (2016). Older adults’ use of retrieval strategies in everyday life. Gerontology, 62(6), 304-324. doi:10.1159/000446277