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Get to know Dr. Robert Wiley!

Dr. Bob Wiley is an Assistant Professor in the Cognitive Psychology Program and the Director of the Cognitive & Neural Science of Learning Lab.

Bob earned his BA in French and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia and his MA degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, along with a certified K-12 Foreign Language Education certification by the Illinois State Board of Education. Bob worked in the Chicago Public School system for four years as a Teacher of Arabic and French prior to beginning a PhD in Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. His doctoral work was supported by a Distinguished Science of Learning Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute and a Dingwall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in the Cognitive, Clinical, & Neural Foundations of Language.

Bob’s research is aimed at understanding how learning affects perception and how cognitive psychology can be used to improve learning outcomes, primarily in the domain of written language. His main lines of research include (1) the role of learning modality (e.g., handwriting, typing, visual study) in learning written language; (2) behavioral and neurological markers of recovery in chronic post-stroke aphasia and primary progressive aphasia; and (3) the effects of expertise on perception of written language. He approaches these questions using a diverse array of methods, including behavioral experimental laboratory studies, neuroimaging (fMRI) and neurostimulation (tDCS), all in the context of longitudinal training studies. Most recently, his research has been published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Aphasiology, Neuropsychologia, and Cortex.

In his downtime, Bob enjoys playing with his dogs – a puggle and mini-bulldog – as well as cooking and trying new cuisines, binge-watching TV and movies, and going to concerts.