Heather Mitchell, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor
Psychology

Heather Mitchell Office: 303 Webster Hall
Phone: 314-246-7019

Email: hmitchell33@webster.edu

 

 



Education

Ph.D. The University of Memphis, 2005
M.S. The University of Memphis, 2003
B.S. Lambuth University, 2000

Courses Frequently Taught

Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
Cognitive Psychology
Applied Learning Theory
Sensation and Perception
Introduction to Research Methods
Psychology of Humor (Special Topics)

Research Interests

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Humor
Discourse Processing
Figurative Language
Roles of Metacognition in Higher Education

Selected Presentations and Publications
*Denotes teaching-related publication/presentation
# Denotes student co-author

Refereed Journal Publications

Graesser, A.C., Louwerse, M.M., McNamara, D., Olney, A., Cai, Z., & Mitchell, H.H. (2007).  Inference generation and cohesion in the construction of situation models: Some connections with computational linguistics.  In F. Schmalhofer and C. Perfetti (Eds.), Higher level language processes in the brain: Inferences and comprehension processes.  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Graesser, A.C., Lu, S., Jackson, G.T., Mitchell, H.H., Ventura, M., Olney, A., & Louwerse, M.M. (2004).  AutoTutor: A tutor with dialogue in natural language.  Behavioral Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 36(2), pp. 180-192. 

Louwerse, M.M., Graesser, A.C., Lu, S., & Mitchell, H.H. (2005). Social cues in animated conversational agents. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19, 1-12.

Louwerse, M.M. & Mitchell, H.H. (2003). Towards a taxonomy of a set of discourse markers in dialog: A theoretical and computational linguistic account. Discourse Processes, 35(3), 199-239.

*Mitchell, H.H. (2007). No laughing matter: The use of humor in texts. Information Design Journal, 15(1), 17-20.

Mitchell, H.H., Graesser, A.C., & Louwerse, M.M. (2010). The Effect of context on humor: A constraint-based model of verbal jokes. Discourse Processes, 47, 104-129.

Refereed Published Conference Proceedings

Graesser, A.C., Jackson, G.T., Mathews, E.C., Mitchell, H.H., Olney, A., Ventura, M., Chipman, P., Franceschetti, D., Hu, X., Louwerse, M.M., Person, N.K., & TRG (2003).  Why/AutoTutor: A test of learning gains from a physics tutor with natural language dialog.  In R. Alterman and D. Hirsh (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1-6).  Boston, MA: Cognitive Science Society. 

Jackson, G.T., Mitchell, H.H., Graesser, A.C., Louwerse, M.M. (2002) Improving Conversational Interaction for Intelligent Tutoring Systems. The 4th Annual Memphis Area Engineering and Science Conference Online Proceedings.

Olney , A., Louwerse, M., Mathews, E., Marineau, J., Mitchell, H.H., & Graesser, A. (2003). Utterance Classification in AutoTutor. In J. Burstein & C. Leacock (Eds.), Building Educational Applications using Natural Language Processing: Proceedings of the Human Language Technology - North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics Conference 2003 Workshop, May 31,  Philadelphia: Association for Computational Linguistics, USA, 1-8.

Refereed Published Conference Presentations

Grenwald, G., & Mitchell, H. (2012, February). Academic coping strategies of college students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

Mathews, E.C., Olney, A., Marineau, J. & Mitchell, H.H. (2002, June). Development of
an Advanced Speech Act Classification System. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Chicago, IL.

#Mitchell, H.H. (2010, August). Whose Line Is It Anyway? Creativity and Creating
Punchlines. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse, Chicago, IL.

*Mitchell, H.H. (2012, January). Practice tests and knowledge surveys: A comparison of review activities. Poster presented at the 34th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete's Beach, FL (The Society for the Teaching of Psychology Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award)

#Mitchell, H.H., Cole, A., Digris, K., Hartman, A., Leo, J., Marconi, A., Stewart, M. & Vernau, D. (2007, March). What's so funny? Mechanisms of joke aesthetics. Paper presented at the 2007Eastern Psychological Association conference, Philadelphia, PA.

#Mitchell, H.H., Cole, A., Digris, K., Kayes, M., Knapp, A., & Stewart, M. (2008, March). What's in a Joke? Investigating Joke Aesthetics. Paper presented at the 2008 Eastern     Psychological Association conference, Boston, MA.

Mitchell, H.H. & Graesser, A.C. (2002, July). Seven Mechanisms in Joke Aesthetics. Paper presented at the 14th International Society for Humor Studies Conference, Bertinoro, Spain.

#Mitchell, H.H., Kayes, M., & Crider, A.M. (2009, March). The Effects of Individual Differences on Humor Detection and Production. Paper presented at the 2009 Eastern Psychological Association conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mitchell, H.H. & Graesser, A.C. (2002, July). Seven Mechanisms in Joke Aesthetics. Paper presented at the 14th International Society for Humor Studies Conference, Bertinoro, Spain

Mitchell, H.H. & Graesser, A.C. (2003, July).  Investigating Conceptually Driven Processing in Humor: The Effects of Context on Jokes. Paper presented at the 15th International Society for Humor Studies Conference, Chicago, IL.

Mitchell, H.H. & Graesser, A.C. (2008, July). Individual Differences and the Time Course of Joke   Comprehension. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse, Memphis, TN.

Mitchell, H.H., Graesser, A.C., & Louwerse, M. (2002, June). The Effects of Context on the Appreciation and Comprehension of Jokes. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse, Chicago, IL. (Outstanding Student Paper Award)

Mitchell, H.H., Graesser, A.C., & Louwerse, M. (2006, July). The Time Course of Comprehending Jokes. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse, Minneapolis, MN. Jason Albecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award)

Mitchell, H.H., Louwerse, M.M., & Graesser, A.C. (2003, June). Investigating Factors which Contribute to an Animated Pedagogical Agent's Effectiveness and Likeability: What really matters? Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse, Madrid, Spain.

Mitchell, H.H., Petschonek, S.L., Wallace, J.E., Louwerse, M.M., & Graesser, A.C. (2004,
November).  Impact of Orienting Questions on Researching Navy Websites. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of The Society for Computers in Psychology, Minneapolis, MN.

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