Lisa Son

Associate Professor of Psychology

Lisa K. Son, associate professor of psychology, joined the faculty of Barnard in 2002. Her research and teaching interests include cognitive psychology, learning, and memory.

Selected Publications:

“Metacognitive Control and Optimal Learning,” with L. K. Son and R. Sethi,Cognitive Science (2007).

“Transfer of Metacognitive Skills and Hint Seeking in Monkeys,” with N. Kornell and H. S. Terrace, Psychological Science (2007).

“Judgments of Learning: Evidence for a Two-Stage Model,” with J. Metcalfe,Memory and Cognition (2005).

“Metacognitive control: Children’s short-term versus long-term study strategies,”Journal of General Psychology (2005).

“Spacing one’s study: Evidence for a metacognitive control strategy,” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition Vol. 30, No. 3 (2004): 601-604.

“Serial expertise of rhesus macaques,” with H. S. Terrace and E. M. Brannon,PsychologicalScience Vol. 14, Issue 1(2003).

“The adaptive control of encoding and retrieval,” with Schwartz, B. L., Applied Metacognition, B.L. Schwartz and T. Perfect eds. (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, 2002)

“Metacognitive and control strategies in study-time allocation,” with J. Metcalfe,Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (2002).

Academic Focus: 

Human and animal cognition and memory
Optimal learning

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BA, University of Pennsylvania

MA, PhD, Columbia University

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With parents in mind, the book focuses on short-term and long-term goals, providing laboratory evidence showing that short-term performance does not always lead to long-term knowledge. It also brings awareness of illusions that some parents might have. 

Every year, Barnard faculty lead students on trips outside New York City—often outside the United States—to conduct research, perform, and expand teaching and learning opportunities.

Professors Lisa Son and John Morrison are Honored with Fulbright Award and Mellon Fellowship.

In the summer and fall of 2017, Barnard's exceptional faculty were awarded multiple prestigious research grants and fellowships.

During Finals Week (Friday, December 15 - Thursday, December 21, 2017), more than a thousand exams are scheduled—some occurring simultaneously.

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