Christian Schunn, Ph.D.






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Research Interests

STEM learning & reasoning; Engagement; Peer learning; Neuroscience of complex learning.


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Accepting Graduate Students: No

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Liu, Allison


  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon University


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


  • Publication 476

    Nelson, M. M., & Schunn, C. D. (2008). The nature of feedback: How different types of peer feedback affect writing performance. Instructional Science.

  • Publication 484

    Nokes, T. J., Schunn, C. D., & Chi, M. T. H. (2010). Problem solving and human expertise. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, and B. McGraw (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education, Volume 5 (pp. 265-272). Oxford: Elsevier.

  • Publication 872

    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.

  • Publication 871

    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.

  • Publication 870

    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.

  • Publication 869

    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.

  • Publication 478

    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.

  • Publication 475

    Christensen, B. T., & Schunn, C. D. (2008). The role and impact of mental simulation in design. Applied Cognitive Psychology.

  • Publication 357

    Christensen, B.T., & Schunn, C.D. (2007). The relationship of analogical distance to analogical function and pre-inventive structure: The case of engineering design. Memory & Cognition, 35(1), 29-38.

  • Publication 934

    Kallai AY, Schunn CD, Fiez JA. Mental arithmetic activates analogic representations of internally generated sums. Neuropsychologia. 2012 Aug;50(10):2397-407. Epub 2012 Jun 23. PMID: 22732492