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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Corral

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Assistant Professor


475 Huntington Hall



  • B.A., Psychology, Philosophy, California State University, Northridge
  • M.A., General Experimental Psychology, California State University, Northridge
  • M.A., Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, 2020-Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, 2017-2020

Research Interests

My work examines how representation affects relational concept learning. Because relational concepts underlie many complex tasks, my research spans various domains (e.g., concept and category learning, analogy, causal reasoning, problem solving, and judgment and decision making). In addition to this work, my research examines the extent to which present learning theories (e.g., testing effect, spacing effect) can explain concept learning and transfer in humans. To investigate these questions, I run behavioral experiments and build computational models. I am also interested in whether this work can be applied to improve learning and instruction in the classroom, particularly in STEM-based fields where relational concepts are ubiquitous (e.g., science, mathematics).

Select Publications

Corral, D., & Carpenter, S. K. (2020). Facilitating transfer through incorrect examples and explanatory feedback. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73, 1340–1359.

Corral, D., Carpenter, S. K., Perkins, K. M., & Gentile, D. A. (2020). Assessing students’ use of optional online reviews. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 34, 318-329.

Corral, D., Quilici, J.L. & Rutchick, A.M. The effects of early schema acquisition on mathematical problem solving. Psychological Research 84, 1495–1506 (2020).

Corral, D., Kurtz, K.J., & Jones, M. (2018). Learning Relational Concepts From Within- Versus Between-Category Comparisons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147, 1571–1596. DOI:10.1037/xge0000517

Corral, D., & Jones, M. (2014). The effects of relational structure on analogical learning. Cognition, 132, 280-300.