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Virginia A. Diehl , Ph.D.

Virginia A. Diehl, Ph.D.

Professor, Emeritus
100 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309-298-1593
Fax: 309-298-2179

Effective July 2018, Dr. Diehl is retired.  The best way to contact her is via this email address or call the Department of Psychology (309.298.1593) to convey a message.

Additional Information

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 Research in Psychology I (PSY223), Introduction to Psychology (PSY100), Cognitive Processes online (PSY456), 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 the relationship between how good we think our spatial abilities are and how good they really are, and factors that affect our ability to know when we know something and when we don't know something.

Recent Scholarly Activities:

Diehl, V. A. (2014). Using real‐world and standardized spatial imagery tasks: Convergence, imagery realism, and gender differences. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28(5), 789-798. doi: 10.1002/acp.3061

Diehl, V., Chapan, D., Wachter, S., Counce, J., Kluber, C., & Griffith, A. (2017, April). Testing Semantic and Repetition Priming with Multiple Choice Trivia Questions. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Lebed, A., Lebed, O., & Diehl, V. (2016, November). Unconscious Incubation in Insight Problem Solving. Presented at the Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Diehl, V., Chapan, D., Randazzo, B., & Erikson, M. (2016, May), Gender Differences in Relationships between Spatial Visualization Self-Perceptions and Performance. Presented at Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3875.1607

Additional recent scholarly activities on Research Gate