Kyle Harwell

Kugelman Honors Scholar, Spring 2014 | Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant, Florida State University

Kyle Harwell graduated as a Kugelman Honors Scholar in Spring 2014. Following his graduation from UWF with a B.A. in Psychology, Kyle obtained an internship at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and served as a tutor of psychology and statistics at UWF's Academic Center for Excellence.

During that time, Kyle took graduate courses in psychology at UWF while applying to doctoral programs. He ultimately accepted an offer from Florida State University’s Cognitive Psychology doctoral program that includes a full tuition waiver, departmental assistantship, and research assistantship.

Now at FSU, Kyle is studying under the tutelage of Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, focusing on Human Perception and Expert Performance.

“I was recruited largely due to my interest in examining academic achievement from the expert-performance approach,” Kyle wrote as he prepared to begin his Ph.D. program in Fall 2015. “I believe that college students who maintain exceptional academic performance have a lot in common with elite athletes, chess grandmasters, and orchestral musicians (at least from a cognitive and personality perspective), accumulating specific performance-enhancing strategies through years of deliberate practice.”

“Future research topics might broadly include assessing the thought processes of ‘expert students’ while they engage in academic tasks to identify what they do differently and why it gives them an advantage,” wrote Kyle, adding: “I greatly appreciate my experiences in the Honors Program, and I have no doubt they will serve me well in the future!”

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