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  Session: Introductory Labs/Apparatus
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: From Psychology Experiment to Physics Lab: Feeling Angular Momentum
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:30AM
  Author: Susan M. Fischer, DePaul University
773-325-1379, sfischer@depaul.edu
  Co-Author(s): Alison Ryder, Carly Kontra, Daniel J Lyons, Sian L Beilock
  Abstract: In a recent study,[1] we found that when students performed embodied activities in which they directly felt the consequences of the vector nature of angular momentum, their performance on related quiz questions improved relative to students who received similar information, but without the embodied component. Our study involved highly controlled lab classrooms that required students to stick to their assigned embodied or non-embodied role and perform the designed activities in a scripted order. These are, however, undesirable features for a physics lab built around active engagement and peer instruction. This talk will report on the preliminary assessment and analysis of a lab activity that has been designed to transform the original psychology experiment on physics students into a physics lab that employs research-based teaching methods while preserving the most important aspects of the embodied activities.
  Footnotes: 1 Carly Kontra, et al., “Physical Experience Enhances Science Learning,” Psych. Sci., 26, 737 (2015).
  Presentation: Fischer-AAPTWM2016-GH07.pdf

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