Profile: Michelle Denise Miller

Professor of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Miller's academic background is in cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience; her scholarly interests include applied attention and memory research, psychological impacts of technology, and student success in the early college career. Dr. Miller co-created the First Year Learning Initiative at Northern Arizona University and is also active in course redesign, serving as a Redesign Scholar for the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). She specializes in mobilizing instructors to adopt teaching strategies that leverage principles from cognitive and brain sciences, work that informs her 2014 book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press).

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Can Millenials Pay Attention to Classwork While Texting, Tweeting and Being on Facebook?

It’s hard not to notice the connection of today’s youth to technology. Fused to their smartphones around the clock, they prefer screens to paper and text message to speech; they consider leaving voicemail an act of interpersonal aggression. They seem to focus differently too: skimming and sampling their way through multiple streams of data, they look like they’re taking it in all at once. Some educators call them “digital natives,” reflecting the idea that tech is at the core of who they are and how they function.

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