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Daniel Corral

Daniel Corral

Daniel Corral

Assistant Professor


346 Marley Educational Building
Office: 315.443.2354


  • 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., & St. Hilaire, K. J. (2023). Testing versus studying during analogical problem solving. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Corral, D., & Carpenter, S. K. (2023). Hypercorrection facilitates comprehension, transfer, and long-term correction of classroom misconceptions. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 12, 208–229.

Corral, D., Healy, A. F., & Jones, M. (2022). The effects of testing the relationships among relational concepts. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 7, Article 47.

Corral, D., Kurtz, K. J., & Jones, M. (2018). Learning relational concepts from within- versus between-category comparisons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(11), 1571–1596.

Corral, D., & Jones, M. (2014). The effects of relational structure on analogical learning. Cognition, 132(3), 280–300.