Laura R. Novick

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     Catley, K. M., Phillips, B. C., & Novick, L. R. (in press). Snakes and eels and dogs! Oh, my! Evaluating high school students' tree-thinking skills: An entry point to understanding evolution. Research in Science Education.

     Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2013). Reasoning about evolution's grand patterns: College students' understanding of the tree of life. American Educational Research Journal, 50, 138-177.

     Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2012). Assessing students' understanding of macroevolution: Concerns regarding the validity of the MUM. International Journal of Science Education, 34, 2679-2703.

     Phillips, B. C., Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk, D. J. (2012). Teaching tree thinking to college students: It's not as easy as you think. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 5, 595-602.

     Singer, S. R., Nielsen, N. R., & Schweingruber, H. A., (Eds.); Committee on the Status, Contributions, and Future Directions of Discipline-Based Education Research (Novick, L. R., member). (2012). Discipline-based education research: Understanding and improving learning in undergraduate science and engineering. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

     Novick, L. R., Stull, A. T., & Catley, K. M. (2012). Reading phylogenetic trees: Effects of tree orientation and text processing on comprehension. BioScience, 62, 757-764.

     Catley, K. M., Novick, L. R., & Funk, D. J. (2012). The promise and challenges of introducing tree thinking into evolution education. In K. Rosengren, E. M. Evans, S. Brem, & G. Sinatra (Eds.), Evolution challenges: Integrating research and practice in teaching and learning about evolution. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

     Bassok, M., & Novick, L. R. (2012). Problem Solving. In K. J. Holyoak & R. G. Morrison (Eds.), Oxford handbook of thinking and reasoning (Ch. 21, pp. 413-432). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

     Novick, L. R., Shade, C. K., & Catley, K. M. (2011). Linear versus branching depictions of evolutionary history: Implications for diagram design. Topics in Cognitive Science, 3, 536-559.

     Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk, D. J. (2011). Inference is Bliss: Using Evolutionary Relationship to Guide Categorical Inferences. Cognitive Science, 35, 712-743.

     Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk, D. J. (2010). Characters are key: The effect of synapomorphies on cladogram comprehension. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 3, 539-547.

     Morabito, N., Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2010). Reasoning about evolutionary history: The effects of biology background on post-secondary students' knowledge of most recent common ancestry and homoplasy. Journal of Biological Education, 44, 166-174.

     Catley, K. M., Novick, L. R., & Shade, C. K. (2010). Interpreting evolutionary diagrams: When topology and process conflict. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47, 861-882.

     Hurley, S. M., & Novick, L. R. (2010). Solving problems using matrix, network, and hierarchy diagrams: The consequences of violating construction conventions. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 275-290.

     Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2009). Digging deep: Exploring college students' knowledge of macroevolutionary time. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46, 311-332.

     Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2008). Seeing the wood for the trees: An analysis of evolutionary diagrams in biology textbooks. BioScience, 58, 976-987.

     Novick, L. R., & Sherman, S. J. (2008). The effects of superficial and structural information on on-line problem solving for good versus poor problem solvers. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 1098-1120.

     Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2007). Understanding phylogenies in biology: The influence of a Gestalt perceptual principle. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 13, 197-223.

     Cheng, P. W., Novick, L. R., Liljeholm, M., & Ford, C. (2007). Explaining four psychological asymmetries in causal reasoning: Implications of causal assumptions for coherence. In M. O'Rourke (Ed.), Topics in contemporary philosophy, vol. 4: Explanation and causation (Ch. 1, pp. 1-32). MIT Press.

     Novick, L. R. (2006). Understanding spatial diagram structure. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59, 1826-1856.

     Hurley, S. M., & Novick, L. R. (2006). Context and structure: The nature of students' knowledge about three spatial diagram representations. Thinking & Reasoning, 12, 281-308.

     Novick, L. R. (2006). The importance of both diagrammatic conventions and domain-specific knowledge for diagram literacy in science: The hierarchy as an illustrative case. In D. Barker-Plummer, R. Cox, & N. Swoboda (Eds.), Diagrams 2006, LNAI 4045 (pp. 1-11). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

     Whitley, K. N., Novick, L. R., & Fisher, D. (2006). Evidence in favor of visual representation for the dataflow paradigm: An experiment testing LabVIEW's comprehensibility. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 64, 281-303.

     Cheng, P. W., & Novick, L. R. (2005). Constraints and nonconstraints in causal reasoning: Reply to White (2005) and to Luhmann & Ahn (2005). Psychological Review, 112, 694-707.

     Novick, L. R., & Bassok, M. (2005). Problem solving. In K. J. Holyoak & R. G. Morrison (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of thinking and reasoning (Ch. 14, pp. 321-349). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

     Novick, L. R., & Sherman, S. J. (2004). Type-based bigram frequencies for five-letter words. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 36, 397-401.

     Novick, L. R. (2004). Diagram literacy in pre-service math teachers, computer science majors, and typical undergraduates: The case of matrices, networks, and hierarchies. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 6, 307-342.

     Novick, L. R., & Cheng, P. W. (2004). Assessing interactive causal influence. Psychological Review, 111, 455-485.

     Novick, L. R. (2003). At the forefront of thought: The effect of media exposure on airplane typicality. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 10, 971-974.

     Ahn, W-k., Novick, L. R., & Kim, N. (2003). Understanding behavior makes it more normal. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 10, 746-752.

     Novick, L. R. (2003). Problem solving, Psychology of. In L. Nadel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cognitive science (Vol. 3, pp. 734-740). London: Nature Publishing Group.

     Novick, L. R., & Sherman, S. J. (2003). On the nature of insight solutions: Evidence from skill differences in anagram solution. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56A, 351-382.

     Novick, L. R., & Hurley, S. M. (2001). To matrix, network, or hierarchy: That is the question. Cognitive Psychology, 42, 158-216.

     Novick, L. R. (2001). Spatial diagrams: Key instruments in the toolbox for thought. In D. L. Medin (Ed.), The psychology of learning and motivation (Vol. 40, pp. 279-325). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

     Novick, L. R., & Morse, D. L. (2000). Folding a fish, making a mushroom: The role of diagrams in executing assembly procedures. Memory & Cognition, 28, 1242-1256.

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