I research digital media, memory, and cognition to understand how people become strategic thinkers in a digitally-mediated world.

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Department of Communication | UCSB

KRISTY A. HAMILTON

My research program uses experimental methods from cognitive and social psychology to investigate three inter-related characteristics of what I believe determine truly sophisticated thinkers in our digital landscape. Those are: 1) understanding how various cognitive strategies and techniques made possible by digital media influence short- and long- term communicative and cognitive goals, 2) knowing how media users monitor and control the state of information available “in the head” and information out in the world in pursuit of their various goals, and 3) understanding how certain characteristics of technology can impair these monitoring and control processes. 

By studying these interactions, a major goal of my research involves thinking about ways to conceptualize and study digitally-mediated cognitive processes and behaviors in increasingly complex media environments.

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