Creativity, Education, Affect, and Rest Lab

Psychological and Cognitive Sciences and Learning Sciences and Technologies

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Welcome to the CEDAR Lab!

The CEDAR Lab conducts research on creative thinking in mathematics, negative affect in the classroom, and the role of wakeful rest periods for creativity, learning, and student wellbeing. Our lab uses experimental methods, observational data, learning analytics, and qualitative methodologies in an effort to improve STEM education and better understand students' experiences in education.


September 2022

  • A new article was published in Anxiety, Stress, & Coping

  • Congratulations to Paul Pacheco for being awarded an Honorary Undergraduate Scholar (HUS) Award awarded by the New England Psychological Association!

July 2022-- Stacy is a part of a research team that was awarded an IES grant to replicate interleaving findings in mathematics

June 2022

April 2022-- Congratulations to Paul for an Honorable Mention for the 2022 WPI Provost Award for his honor's thesis on math anxiety and timed exams!

April 2022-- Congratulations to Vy Ngo for a successful Master's Thesis presentation!

October 2021-- Stacy was awarded a Women's Young Investigator Fellowship presented by the Women's Impact Network at WPI.

September 2021-- Stacy was on a critical conversations panel on Science & Creativity for WPI’s Arts and Sciences week, talking about the role of creativity in arts and science. Click here for a recap of the event!

August 2021 -- Alena Egorova, Andrew McReynolds, and Kirk Vanacore join the CEDAR lab as incoming Ph.D. graduate students! Welcome!

August 2021 -- Stacy is a part of a research team that was collectively awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study common errors students make on short-answer math questions. (PI - Andrew Lan, MIT, $374,775; Co-PI Neil Heffernan, Co-PI Stacy Shaw, WPI, $239,307; PI- Cristina Heffernan, ASSITments Foundation, $235,639).

June 2021 -- Chayanne joins the CEDAR Lab as Lab Manager, welcome!

April 2021 -- Stacy participated in the faculty lightning talks for WPI’s Arts and Science Week, a recording can be found here.