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Mija Van Der Wege

Mija Van Der Wege

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Chair of Psychology, Psychology

Education & Professional History

Wellesley College, BA; Stanford University, MS, PhD.

At Carleton since 2002.

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Psychology

Office Hours - Fall 2017 - Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 and Fridays 9:00-10:00am or by appointment

Mija Van Der Wege (B.A., Cognitive Science, Wellesley College; M.S.,  Statistics, Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University) is chair of the department and teaches courses on introductory psychology, measurement and data analysis, psychology of language, human memory, and seminars on language and deception, the psychology of numbers, and psychology, technology, and design.  She also currently serves as the director of the QuIRK (Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge) program at Carleton and promotes quantitative reasoning education on campus and nationally.  Mija's research interests focus around how people use language and memory in day-to-day life. One major area of research looks at how people make use of information about their conversational partners when they are having a conversation, for example, how conversational partners briefly and spontaneously create agreements on what words mean. Another area is how readers learn new information and change their existing beliefs based on what they read in fictional sources.

Cognitive Science

Mija Van Der Wege (B.A., Cognitive Science, Wellesley College; M.S., Statistics, Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University). Mija's research interests focus around how people use language in day to day life. Her primary area of research looks at how people make use of information about their conversational partners when they are having a conversation. One line of research investigates how conversational partners frequently and spontaneously create agreements on what words mean. Another area is how the use of new media, like email and instant messaging, is changing the way that we use language and how we communicate both online and offline. She teaches courses on introductory psychology, measurement and data analysis, psychology of language, and a seminar on language and deception.

Profile updated September 11, 2017

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