Karla Lassonde, Professor | Department Chair

Address: 103K Armstrong Hall
Phone: 507-389-5827
Email: karla.lassonde@mnsu.edu



  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2008

Areas of Interest

  • Basic Memory Processes
  • Stereotype Activation and Change
  • Applying Cognitive Theories to Teaching/Learning
  • Revising Psychological Misconceptions
  • Communicating Psychological Science
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Courses Taught

  • Psyc 415 Human Memory
  • Psyc 325 Cognitive Psychology
  • Psyc 450 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • Psyc 201 Statistics in Psychology
  • Psyc 101 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • Graduate Mentoring in Teaching

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Lassonde, K.A., Kolquist, M., & Vergin, M. (2017). Revising Psychology Misconceptions by Integrating a Refutation-style Text Framework into Poster Presentations. Teaching of Psychology, 11(3), 255-262.
  • Van Boekel, M., Lassonde, K.A., O'Brien, E.J., & Kendeou, P. (2017) Source Credibility and the Processing of Refutation Texts. Memory and Cognition, 45(1), 168-181.
  • Lassonde, K.A., Kendeou, P. & O'Brien, E.J. (2016). Refutation texts: Overcoming psychology misconceptions that are resistance to change. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 2(1), 62-74.
  • Lassonde, K.A. (2015). Reducing the impact of stereotypical knowledge during reading. Discourse Processes, 52(2), 149-171.
  • Lassonde, K. A., & O'Brien, E. J. (2013). Occupational stereotypes: Activation of male bias in a gender neutral world. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 43(2), 387-396.
  • Cook, A. E., Lassonde, K. A., Splinter, A. F., Geuraud, S., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., & O’Brien, E. J. (2012). The Role of Relevance in Activation and Instantiation of Predictive Inferences. Language and Cognitive Processes.
  • Lassonde, K. A., Gloth, C. A., & Borchert, K. (2012). Windowless Classrooms or a Virtual Window World: Does a Creative Classroom Environment Help or Hinder Attention? Teaching of Psychology: Official Journal of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 39(4), 262,267.    
  • Lassonde, K. A., Surla, C., Buchanan, J. & O’Brien, E. J. (2012). Using the Contradiction Paradigm to Assess Ageism. Journal of Aging Studies, 26(2), 174-181.
  • Lassonde, K. A., Smith, E. R., & O’Brien, E. J. (2011). Interweaving memory-based processes into a model of relevance instruction. In M. T., McCrudden, J. P., Magliano & G. Schraw (Eds.), Relevance Instructions and Goal-focusing in Text Learning (pp 75-94), Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


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