Joshua R. de Leeuw Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science
Josh de Leeuw received his PhD in Cognitive Science and Psychological and Brain Sciences from Indiana University in 2016. He received his BA from Vassar College in 2008, majoring in Cognitive Science.
Josh's research is focused on the development and application of Internet-based tools for the study of human cognition. He created the widely-used jsPsych experiment software for conducting behavioral experiments online. He uses these tools to study how people learn and represent new information.
- BA, Vassar College; PhD, Indiana University
- At Vassar since 2016
Research and Academic Interests
- COGS 100. Introduction to Cognitive Science
- COGS 319. Modeling Minds, Brains, and Behavior
Motz, B.A., de Leeuw, J.R., Carvalho, P.F., Liang, K.L., & Goldstone, R.L. (2017). A dissociation between engagement and learning: Enthusiastic instructions fail to reliably improve performance on a memory task. PLoS ONE, 12(7): e0181775. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181775.
Goldstone, R.L., de Leeuw, J.R. and Landy, D.H. (2016) Carving nature at its joints or cutting its effective loops? On the dangers of trying to disentangle intertwined mental processes. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39. doi:10.1017/S0140525X1500271X
de Leeuw, J. R., Andrews. J. K., Livingston, K. R., & Chin., B. M. (2016). The effects of categorization on perceptual judgment are robust across different assessment tasks. Collabra: Psychology, 2(1), 9. doi:10.1525/collabra.32
Carvalho, P., Braithwaite, D., de Leeuw, J. R., Motz, B., & Goldstone, R. L. (2016). An in-vivo study of self-regulated study sequencing in introductory psychology courses. PLoS ONE, 11(3): e0152115. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152115
Goldstone, R. L., de Leeuw, J. R., & Landy, D. H. (2015). Fitting perception in and to cognition. Cognition, 135, 24-29. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2014.11.027
In the Media
Vassar Reflects on Two Months of Distance Learning
Vassar students and faculty overcame numerous challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the college to transition to distance learning.
Download images for non-commercial use, photo credit required.