Mary Aldugom

Mary Aldugom

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: (773) 995-2118


Office: HWH - 216


Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology

University of Iowa

MA in Cognitive Psychology

University of Iowa

B.S. in Psychology

North Park University


My research background includes topics in cognition and learning in child and adult populations. Specifically, I'm interested in how hand gestures interact with learning and memory, what information learners gain from viewing gestures, and at a mechanistic level, how viewing gestures enhances learning. Research has shown that when an instructor gestures, learners perform better. Why does gesture enhance instruction? Do certain learners benefit more from gesture at instruction? Do individual differences in working memory, attention, or spatial thinking relate to learning with gesture? How much exposure to gesture is necessary for this benefit? My current research projects are exploring these questions.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods
  • Independent Study

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