GVSU Professor, Researcher
A Californian since his earliest years, Michael made the trek to Michigan after graduate school, liking it so much that he decided to stay and raise a family. While a good deal of his time is spent in the great outdoors – skiing and spending time in the mountains are two of his favorite pastimes – his academic work is never far from his mind. Many of his experiments have had their genesis during a bike ride, as he’s always pondering new questions in need of answers. Michael’s primary field of study focuses on reading comprehension and memory, and most recently his research has centered on how and when beliefs may change as a result of reading, and the extent to which people are aware of these changes.
Michael received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and currently work as a Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University. He has also served at Secretary of the Society for Text and Discourse and is on the editorial board of the journal Discourse Processes. His work appears in numerous journals including Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition and Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.