Department of Psychology

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Virginia A. Diehl , Ph.D.

133 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309-298-1593
Fax: 309-298-2179


Additional Information


Dr. Diehl received her B.A. in Psychology from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). She got her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Towson State University (now Towson University), and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park with specialties in Cognitive and Quantitative Psychology. Her dissertation was titled, “Looking, Listening, and Learning: The Effect of Schema and Strategy on Memory for Pictures and Stories”.

Teaching Areas:

Dr. Diehl teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of statistics (PSY223 and PSY501). She also teaches Introduction to Psychology (PSY100), Cognitive Processes (PSY456G), Current Research in Psychology Seminar (PSY550), and Memory Seminar (PSY600).

Research Interests:

Dr. Diehl does research in the areas of learning and memory. In her current research projects she is investigating how video games can be used to prepare students to learn difficult science concepts, how what we think about our spatial abilities relates to how good we really are, and how what we think we know (or don’t know) relates to what we actually know (or actually don’t know).

Recent Scholarly Activities:

Diehl, V., Clegg, N., Jelinek, A., McMillin, J. (2011, May). Flow measures are related to progress toward the instructional game goal. Presented at the 2011 Association for Psychological Science Conference, Washington, D.C.

Diehl, V.A. & Reese, D.D. (2010). Elaborated metaphors support viable inferences about difficult science concepts. Educational Psychology, 30, 771-791.

 Diehl, V., Sage, A., & Cook, A. (2010, May). Collaborative computer sharing affects flow dimensions with an instructional science learning game. Presented at the 2010 Association for Psychological Science, Boston.