People » Alvin Wang

  • Professor, Dean of the Burnett Honors College
  • Burnett Honors College 104
  • (407)823-0325

  • Dean, The Burnett Honors College
  • Psi Chi President (2009-2010)
  • Psi Chi Vice-President, Southeastern Region (2000-2004)
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 2

Professor Wang joined UCF in 1986 after having earned his degree from SUNY at Stony Brook and teaching in the University of Maryland’s European Division. His research interests lie in the general experimental area of psychology. Current investigations include sources of individual differences in learning and retention and a study of false memory reaction times.

For Students

I welcome the opportunity to mentor and collaborate with all students who possess a spirit of intellectual inquiry and an interest in research. For many years, I have served as thesis chair for Honors in the Major students studying topics as diverse as emotional intelligence, attitudes toward affirmative action, and false memory reaction times.

My research currently revolves around two topics. The first topic concerns the identification of effective pedagogical techniques, particularly as they relate to web-based instruction and the understanding of Honors education. The second topic involves the investigation of mnemonic techniques and their effect on forgetting rates.

In several articles and conference presentations, my colleagues and I have discovered that contrary to prevailing wisdom, many mnemonic techniques actually increase rates of forgetting relative to rote rehearsal. Specifically, memory aids such as the keyword technique promote greater forgetting compared to when learners simply rote memorize information.