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Catya von Károlyi

Catya von Károlyi

Degree: Ph.D. Boston College
Area: Developmental Psychology
Position: Professor
Office: HHH 270
Phone: (715) 836-5033

I teach various courses in Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology.

Typically, my courses include both lectures and various activities and assignments that use constructivist approaches. My primary teaching goal is to foster genuine understanding of a particular subject matter and to promote higher level thinking skills, scientific literacy and critical thinking. To this end, I strive to engage and motivate students and to challenge them so that they can learn to take intellectual risks, and stretch their minds.I also seek to challenge my students to make connections between course content and their lives--present and future.

Current Courses

  • Educational Psychology (Psyc 260)
  • Child Psychology (Psyc 331)
  • Teaching Apprenticeship in Psychology (Psyc 397)
  • Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (Psyc 396)

Previously Taught Courses

  • Master's Thesis (Psyc 799)
  • Graduate Seminar in Advanced Development (Psyc 731)
  • Theories and Research in Developmental Psychology (Psyc 435/635;335/535)
  • Human Development (Psyc 330)
  • Psychological Development and Classroom Processes (Psyc 261)

My program of research is multi-pronged. One area of recent interest is focused on mood repair and activities that promote well-being. An area of long-term interest focuses on various aspects of giftedness and talent. Underlying my interest in both areas is an interest in understanding atypical  development in the context of typical development. I am most known for my research on visual-spatial abilities, particularly as relates to dyslexia. A major goal of my program of research is to inform and guide those who are educating, counseling, parenting, and employing atypical individuals, to increase our understanding of the range of development, and promote positive development. These days, my main goal is to help student researchers engage in hands-on research activities and learn as much as possible about the specifics and generalities of undertaking scientific research, including its challenges and rewards.

Current Research Interests

  • Giftedness & talent
  • Visual spatial abilities
  • Mood repair

Recent Faculty-Student Collaborative Poster Presentations

Rawls, M. & von Károlyi, C. (2015, May). Do Music Interventions Reduce Negative Mood? A Review of the Recent Literature. Poster at the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. Eau Claire, WI.

Heimerl, S, & von Károlyi, C. (2014, April). Variations in Mental Rotation. Poster at University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. Eau Claire, WI.

Heimerl, S, & Schoen, S. R. & von Károlyi, C. (2013, May). What Reduces Gender Differences in Mental Rotation? Poster at the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire Student Research Day. Eau Claire, WI.

Jablonski, P. & von Károlyi, C. (2012, April). Visual Spatial Tasks Predict Visual Spatial Talent  &Mathematical Giftedness. Poster presented at the 20th Annual University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire Student Research Day. Eau Claire, WI.

Lim, R., Asay, N., & von Károlyi, C. (2011, April). Performance Differences Between Spatial and  Aspatial Majors on Visual Spatial Tasks. Poster presented at the 11th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside, Kenosha, WI.

Select Publications

Collier, A. D. & von Károlyi, C.(2014). Rejuvenation in the "making": Lingering mood repair in textile handcrafters. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication.

von Károlyi, C. & Goodman, J. (2014). The online advisor: Purpose, process, and potential. In Rick Miller &Jessica Irons's [eds] Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students. [online ebook]. Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

von Károlyi, C. (2013). From Tesla to Tetris: Mental rotation, vocation, & gifted education. The Roeper Review: A Journal of Gifted Education . Special Issue: Visual Spatial Talent. (This article was written in response to an invitation from M. Layne Kalbfleisch [Guest Ed]).

von Károlyi, C. (Guest Ed.)(2008). On global awareness and giftedness (Special issue). The Roeper Review: A Journal of Gifted Education, 30(1).

von Károlyi, C. (2006). Issue awareness in young highly gifted children: Do the claims hold up? Roeper Review, 28(2). 167-174.

von Károlyi, C. & Winner, E. (2005). Extreme giftedness. In R. J. Sternberg and J. D. Davidson's (Eds.) Conceptions of giftedness (2nd ed. pp. 377-394) New York: Cambridge University Press.

von Károlyi, C. & Winner, E. (2004). Dyslexia and visual spatial talents: Are they connected? In R. J. Sternberg and T. Newman's (Eds.) Students with both gifts and learning disabilities. (pp. 95-117) New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

von Károlyi, C., Ramos-Ford, V., & Gardner, H. (2003). Giftedness from a Multiple Intelligences perspective. In N. Colangelo and G. A. Davis (Eds.), Handbook of gifted education. (3rd ed. pp. 100-112), Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

von Károlyi, C., Winner, E., Gray, W. & Sherman, G. (2003). Dyslexia linked to talent: Global visual-spatial ability, Brain and Language 85(3) . 427-431.