Chair & ProfessorHuman & Community Development
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SpecialtyResearch focuses on children's thinking and learning processes. Current research interests include three interrelated lines of inquiry: analogical problem solving; scientific reasoning; and microgenetic analyses of strategy acquisition
Research Interests: Children's thinking; problem solving; analogical reasoning; scientific reasoning; microgenetic analysis of learning processes. Recent Publications: Chen, Z., Sanchez, R., & Campbell, T. (1997). From beyond to within their grasp: Analogical problem solving in 10- and 13-month-olds. Developmental Psychology, 33, 790-801. Chen, Z., & Klahr, D. (1999). All other things being equal: Children's acquisition of the Control of Variables Strategy. Child Development. 70, 1098-1120. Chen, Z., & Siegler, R. S. (2000). Across the great divide: Bridging the gap between understanding of toddlers' and older children's thinking. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 65 (2, Serial No. 261). Chen, Z., & Mo, L., (2004). Schema induction in problem solving: A multi-dimensional analysis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 30, 583-600. Chen, Z., Mo, L., & Honomichl, R. (2004). Having the Memory of an Elephant: Long-Term Retrieval and the Use of Analogues in Problem Solving. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133, 415-433.