Education

Human Factors Psychology, Ph.D. (2014)
Rice University, Houston, TX

Human Factors Psychology, M.A. (2011)
Rice University, Houston, TX

Psychology and Linguistics, B.A. (2007)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Professional

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014-present)
Brown University, Dept of Cognitive, Linguistic,
and Psychological Sciences

Research Associate (2011-2012)
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Research Assistant (2008-2009)
Princeton University, Dept of Psychology




Journal Publications

Zemla, J. C., Sloman, S., Bechlivanidis, C., & Lagnado, D. A. (submitted). Not so simple! Mechanisms increase preference for complex explanations.

Zemla, J. C., Sloman, S., Bechlivanidis, C., & Lagnado, D. A. (2017, in press). Evaluating everyday explanations. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Bechlivanidis, C., Lagnado, D., Zemla, J. C., & Sloman, S. A. (2017, in press). Concreteness and abstraction in everyday explanation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Zemla, J.C., Tossell, C. C., Kortum, P., Byrne, M.D. (2015). A Bayesian approach to predicting website revisitation on mobile phones. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 83, 43-50.

Alter, A.L., Oppenheimer, D.M., & Zemla, J.C. (2010). Missing the trees for the forest: A construal level account of the illusion of explanatory depth. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 436-451.


Refereed Conference Proceedings

Gronchi, G., Zemla, J. C., & Brondi, M. (2017). Cognitive style predicts magical beliefs. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2138-2143). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Zemla, J. C., & Austerweil, J. L. (2017). Modeling semantic fluency data as search on a semantic network. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3646-3651). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Zemla, J.C., Kennett, Y.N., Jun, K-S., & Austerweil, J.L. (2016). U-INVITE: Estimating individual semantic networks from fluency data. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1907-1912). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Zemla, J.C., Steiner, S.M., & Sloman, S. (2016). Analytical thinking predicts less teleological reasoning and religious beliefs. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1217-1222). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Zemla, J.C., Ustun, V., Byrne, M.D., Kirlik, A., Riddle, K., & Alexander, A.L. (2011). An ACT-R Model of Commercial Jetliner Taxiing. In Proceedings of the 55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp. 831-835). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.


Paper and Poster Presentations

Zemla, J. C., & Austerweil, J. L. (2017c, July). Estimating semantic networks from fluency data. Talk presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology.

Zemla, J. C., & Austerweil, J. L. (2017b, June). Estimating networks from censored random walk data. Poster presented at the 2017 International Conference on Network Science.

Zemla, J. C., & Austerweil, J. L. (2017a, April). SNAFU: A tool for analyzing semantic networks and fluency data. Poster presented at the 1st Annual Science of Successful Aging Summit, Madison, WI.

Zemla, J.C. & Sloman, S. (2016). The role of mechanistic information in explanatory preference. Talk presented at the International Conference on Thinking, Providence, RI.

Zemla, J.C., Sloman, S.A., Lagnado, D., & Bechlivanidis, C. (2015). Evaluating explanations: What makes a good explanation? Talk presented at the 56th Annual Psychonomics Society, Chicago, IL.

Zemla, J.C., Sloman, S.A., Lagnado, D., & Bechlivanidis, C. (2015). Evaluating explanations. Talk presented at the Varieties of Understanding Midpoint Conference, New York, NY.

Zemla, J.C. & Byrne, M.D. (2014). Feedback and block length facilitate adoption of a more optimal speed-accuracy tradeoff policy. Poster presented at the 33rd Society for Judgement and Decision Making, Long Beach, CA.

Zemla, J.C. & Wang, S. (2014). Assessing CAPTCHA usability with signal detection theory. Talk presented at the Southwest Regional Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Symposium, College Station, TX.

Zemla, J.C., Lisinski, J.M., & LaConte, S. (2012). Performance feedback engages attention, boosts task SNR, and enhances pattern classification. Poster presented at the 18th Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China.

Byrne, M.D., Zemla, J.C., Kirlik, A., Riddle, K., & Alexander, A.L. (2011). A Human Performance Model of Commercial Jetliner Taxiing. Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.



Technical Skills

Operating Systems:  Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Web:HTML5, CSS3, MySQL, JavaScript (+ jQuery), PHP
Programming:MATLAB, C++, Lisp, Python, Bash, R
Software:SPSS, AFNI, Office, git, LaTeX