Credentials: Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology (College of Letters and Science)
Position title: PhD Student
Advisor: Tim Rogers, PhD
Keywords: Eye-tracking, semantics, conceptual understanding, learning
BA 2013, Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
BA 2014, Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
MS 2017, Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Mr. Jensen’s research addresses how children’s semantic knowledge is informed by regularities within their visual world, and how the resultant knowledge structures influence beliefs and learning trajectories. To explore questions within this domain, Jensen uses computational models alongside behavioral data derived from children’s in-task selections and reaction times to predict and quantify the process of learning. Currently, Jensen is working to incorporate eye-tracking methodologies into these research domains to further explore whether children’s development of knowledge mirrors the loss of knowledge among adults who have developed semantic dementia. Additionally, he has begun work on the subject of mathematics comprehension in young children, and adults in effort to better understand how in class and media-based instruction can be improved.