University of Pittsburgh

Schunn, Christian

Schunn, Christian

Professor, Department of Psychology
PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Cognitive Program


821 LRDC
Fax: 412-624-7439

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Research Interests: STEM reasoning and learning, Web-based peer interaction and instruction, Neuroscience of complex learning, Engagement and learning

Accepting Graduate Students: Yes

Selected Publications

  • Abramovich, S., & Schunn, C. D. (in press). Studying teacher selection of resources in an ultra-large scale interactive system: Does metadata guide the way? Computers & Education. (Abstract-pdf)
  • Chan, J., Fu, K., Schunn, C. D., Cagan, J., Wood, K., & Kotovsky, K. (2011). On the benefits and pitfalls of analogies for innovative design: Ideation performance based on analogical distance, commonness, and modality of examples. Journal of Mechanical Design, 133, 081004-1-11. (Abstract-pdf)
  • Kaufman, J. H., & Schunn, C. D. (2011). Students' perceptions about peer assessment for writing: Their origin and impact on revision work. Instructional Science, 39(3), 387-406. (Abstract-pdf)
  • Patchan, M. M., Schunn, C.D., & Clark, R. J. (2011). Writing in natural sciences: Understanding the effects of different types of reviewers on the writing process. Journal of Writing Research, 2(3), 365-393. (Abstract-pdf)
  • Christensen, B. T., & Schunn, C. D. (2008). The role and impact of mental simulation in design. Applied Cognitive Psychology. (Abstract-html)
  • Mehalik, M. M., & Doppelt, Y., & Schunn, C. D. (2008). Middle-school science through design-based learning versus scripted inquiry: Better overall science concept learning and equity gap reduction. Journal of Engineering Education, 97(1), 71-85. (Abstract-html)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011)
  • Best work at ED-Media conference (with Kwangsu Cho), Hawaii (2003)

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Bathgate (Brouillard), Meghan
  • Chan, Joel
  • Liu, Allison