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Western Kentucky University

Department of Psychology

Metacognition Lab



Dr. Qin Zhao
Lab Director
I was born in Nanfeng, a beautiful small town in Jiangxi Province in Southern China. With one older sister, I grew up in a family who shares the passion for rice wine and spicy food. After graduating from high school, I left my hometown for North China Electric Power University (NCEPU). There I met Tao Chen who later became my husband. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in English, I came to the United States of America for further education. I studied Educational Psychology at the University of Florida. There I received M. A. and Ph. D. in Educational Psychology. In the Fall of 2008, I started my current position as a tenure-track faculty in the Department of Psychology at WKU. I also became a mother in March 2009. Leah Chen is the love of our family.
Eric Raap
Graduate Research Assistant
I was born and raised in a small town (Ludington, MI) on beautiful Lake Michigan. I attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan and that’s when I became fascinated with psychology. I graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology. In my free time I enjoy long distance running, reading, sports, traveling and wine. Currently, I am working on my thesis examining the effects of perceived distance on test anxiety and judgment.

Xingya Xu
Graduate Research Assistant
I come from Xi'an, a historical and cultural city in Shaanxi Province in China. I graduated from Xi'an Physical Education University with a Bachelor of Art in Applied Psychology in 2009. After working for 2 years in a pharmaceutical company, I decided to come back to school for further studies in psychology. Broadly speaking, I am interested in cognitive, social, and transpersonal psychology. Some specific topics of interest include metacognition, self-regulation, and self-efficacy. I am also interested in doing research on NGO. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and traveling. Since 2011, I have become a vegetarian and I love this green life.

Will Corley
Graduate Research Assistant-1st Year
I was originally born in LaGrange, Georgia and later moved to Metro Atlanta when I was in high school. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Berry College in Rome, Georgia (Class of 2013). In my free time I enjoy CrossFit, reading, traveling, hiking, and swimming. I am currently exploring different areas for my thesis research with particular interests in students with intellectual disabilities, attention, and eye-witness testimony. I hope to pursue a PhD in Psychology after completing my MA here at WKU.


Lab Alumni
Allison Steen
Brian Lee
Brittney Moosmann
Kaleigh Vance


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