Jen McLaren
 Associate Professor
  Office:  Evaristus 430
  Phone:  (902) 457-6374



B.A. (Dalhousie & MSVU)
M.A. (Dalhousie)
Ph.D. (Dalhousie)

Research Interests
My primary research area is the development of attention. I study both selective attention and sustained attention, mainly from an information processing perspective. I investigate various aspects of the development of attention over the lifespan. [Although the elderly are often included in these investigations, my focus is mainly on how attention develops over the school years to early adulthood.] Within this normal developmental context, I also study the attention of children and adults with attention deficit disorder.  I am also studying the continuity of attention in other populations with attentional difficulties (e.g., anxiety disordered, the elderly, chronic pain) and factors which may affect attention (e.g., television, time of day).  In addition, a new research area is the effectiveness of alternate methods of teaching and learning (e.g., via videotapes, computer based) compared to traditional methods.  Various populations (e.g., university students, attentionally disordered) are studied.