Donna Coch

Academic Appointments

Professor of Education, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Education Steering Committee Member

I value teaching as an opportunity to expose students to new knowledge and new ways of thinking, as a challenge to encourage students to think critically about their own and others' thinking, and as a way for students to build and re-build their own understanding. Courses that consider learning and education from multiple perspectives reveal the complexity of child development and serve to emphasize the extraordinary responsibility teachers have in fostering the development of their students. My research also involves multiple perspectives, often combining education, psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience. Both my courses and my research reflect my passion and enthusiasm for an interdisciplinary, evidence-based approach to education, learning, and discovery.

203 Raven House
HB 6207
B.A. Vassar College
Ed.M. Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Ed.D. Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Selected Publications

Coch, D. (2015). The N400 and the fourth grade shift. Developmental Science, 18(2), 254-269. doi: 10.1111/desc.12212

Jasinski, E.C., & Coch, D. (2012). ERPs across arithmetic operations in a delayed answer verification task. Psychophysiology, 49, 943-958. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01378.x (Senior Honors Thesis, Emily Jasinski '10)

George, E., & Coch, D. (2011). Music training and working memory: an ERP study. Neuropsychologia, 49(5), 1083-1094. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.02.001 (Senior Honors Thesis, Elyse George '09)

Berger, N.I., & Coch, D. (2010). Do u txt? Event-related potentials to semantic anomalies in standard and texted English. Brain and Language, 113, 135-148. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2010.02.002 (Senior Honors Thesis, Natalie Berger '09)

Mitra, P., & Coch, D. (2009). A masked priming ERP study of letter processing using single letters and false fonts. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 9, 216-228. doi: 10.3758/CABN.9.2.216 (Senior Honors Thesis, Priya Mitra '08)

Coch, D., Michlovitz, S.A., Ansari, D., & Baird, A. (2009). Building mind, brain, and education connections: the view from the Upper Valley. Mind, Brain, and Education, 3(1), 27-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-228X.2008.01050.x

Ansari, D., & Coch, D. (2006). Bridges over troubled waters: education and cognitive neuroscience. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10(4), 146-151. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2006.02.007