Alumna, Dr. Michele Tine '01, lectures on the impact of poverty on children's working memory

Michele (Tully) Tine, Ph.D. '01

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce Dr. Michele Tine as the 2013 Annual Psychology Homecoming Symposium guest speaker. Dr. Tine received her Ph.D. from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College in 2009 and her B.A. from Gettysburg College in 2001. She is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Dartmouth College. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses and is the P.I. of the Developmental and Educational Psychology Research Lab. In general, her research focuses on the ways socioeconomic status impacts malleable cognitive processes associated with academic achievment.

In her talk entitled, "The Context of Poverty Matters: Children Living in Rural and Urban Poverty Exhibit Distinct Working Memory Profiles," Dr. Tine will describe a study designed to investigate if the working memory profiles of children living in rural poverty are distinct from the working memory profiles of children living in urban poverty. Verbal and visuospatial working memory tasks were administered to sixth grade students living in low-income rural, low-income urban, high-income rural, and high-income urban developmental contexts. Both low-income rural and low-income urban children showed working memory deficits compared to their high-income counterparts, but their specific visuospatial and verbal working memory deficits were distinct from one another. The results and implications of the study will be discussed, as well as the plans for future research.

All are welcome to come listen to Dr. Tine's lecture on Friday, September 27th at 4:00 p.m. in Bowen Auditorium, McCreary Hall room 115.