|New Faculty : Psychology Department|
Dr. Kimberly Cuevas studies the development of cognitive processes (e.g., learning, memory, executive functions) from infancy through early childhood. Her research examines how brain maturation and underlying brain-behavior associations contribute to the development of early cognitive processes. Dr. Cuevas's current research focuses on the psychophysiological correlates of imitation learning (i.e., "monkey see, monkey do") during infancy.
I study applied judgment and decision making in the workplace including selection decision making, performance judgments, and external influences on decision quality. I am particularly interested in the influence of extraneous, non-diagnostic information on judgments and decisions, as well as contextual influences on judgment and decision quality. In addition, I investigate measurement of psychological variables utilizing Classical Test Theory (CTT) and Item Response Theory (IRT) to better understand response behavior and improve psychological scaling. I also apply IRT to address substantive issues when using psychological measures to make decisions (e.g., selection decisions, job pursuit decisions, etc.).
Research Interests: Perception and Action, Social affordances and joint action, Interpersonal coordination / cooperation, Decision-making and action selection.
I am a health-social psychologist who studies psychosocial factors related to health status and health behavior. Most of our work has been conducted with adolescents, examining decision-making processes related to risky health behaviors, such as substance use and risky sexual behavior. A specific focus has been on the effects of perceived racial discrimination on health-promoting and health-risk behaviors among African American adolescents.
Focuses on the intersection of culture, language, and personality, drawing on a variety of methods, analyses, and theoretical approaches. She uses bilingual/cultural designs, qualitative/quantitative designs, recording devices to capture everyday behaviors, and text analytic tools to complement self-report strategies. She is also interested in answering applied questions about well-being and language development in monolingual and bilingual families.
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