Timothy Nokes-Malach, Ph.D.


713 LRDC




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Research Interests

Knowledge transfer; Learning and problem solving; Motivation.


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Research Interests: Learning and problem solving, including analogy, collaborative problem solving, conceptual change, expertise, implicit versus explicit learning, skill acquisition, and knowledge transfer. Methodologies include both experimental and computational modeling approaches.

Accepting Graduate Students: Yes

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Zepeda, Cristina
  • Kelly Boden
  • Nabila Jamal-Orozco


  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago


  • Beckman Institute Fellow (2004-2007)
  • Cognitive Science Travel Funding Award, NSF (2005)


  • 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 736

    Belenky, D. M., & Nokes, T.J. (2009). Motivation and transfer: The role of achievement goals in preparation for future learning. In N.A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1163-1168). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Publication 735

    Belenky, D.M., & Nokes, T.J. (2009). Examining the role of manipulatives and metacognition on engagement, learning, and transfer. The Journal of Problem Solving, 2 (2), 102-129.

  • Publication 669

    Gadgil, S. & Nokes, T. J. (2009) Analogical Scaffolding in Collaborative Learning. Proceedings of Thirty-first Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society: Amsterdam.

  • Publication 668

    Gadgil, S. & Nokes, T.J. (2010) Collaborative Facilitation through Error-Detection: A Classroom Experiment. Accepted for publication in proceedings of Thirty-second Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society: Portland, OR.

  • Publication 553

    Meade, M. L., Nokes, T. J., & Morrow, D. G. (2009). Expertise promotes facilitation on a collaborative memory task. Memory, 17, 38-48.

  • Publication 552

    Nokes, T. J. (2009). Mechanisms of knowledge transfer. Thinking & Reasoning, 15, 1-36.

  • Publication 485

    Ross, B. H., Taylor, E. G., Middleton, E. L., & Nokes, T. J. (2008). Concept and category learning in humans. In J. Byrne (Series Ed.) and H. L. Roediger III (Vol. Ed.), Learning and Memory: A comprehensive reference, Vol 2: Cognitive psychology of memory (pp. 535-557). Oxford, UK: Elsevier Ltd.

  • Publication 483

    Nokes, T. J., & Ash, I. K. (2010). Investigating the role of instructional focus in incidental pattern learning. Journal of General Psychology, 137, 84-113.

  • Publication 388

    Nokes, T.J. & Ohlsson, S. (2003). Declarative transfer from a memory task to a problem solving task. Cognitive Science Quarterly, 3,259-296.

  • Publication 387

    Nokes, T. J. (2004). Testing three theories of knowledge transfer. In D. Gentner, K. Forbus, and T. Regier (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1029-1034). Mahaw, N.J.: Erlbaum.

  • Publication 386

    Nokes, T. J., & Ohlsson, S. (2005). Comparing multiple paths to mastery: What is learned? Cognitive Science, 29, 769-796.

  • Publication 385

    Nokes, T. J. (2005). An investigation into adaptive shifting in knowledge transfer. In B. Bara, L. Barsalou, M. Bucciarelli (Eds.) Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1660-1665). Mahaw, N. J.: Erlbaum.

  • Publication 981

    Li, M., Frieze, I. H., Nokes-Malach, T., Cheong, J. (in press). Do friends always help your study? Mediating processes between social relations and academic motivation. Social Psychology of Education.