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Louis Alfieri

Post-Doc, Dr. Schunn

819 LRDC
(412) 624-7047

Research Interests

  • Instructional formats that facilitate learning, motivation, and potential for future learning (PFL)
  • Creating formal instructional situations that are both socially accessible and content-driven
  • The efficacy of different approaches to reducing cognitive load (e.g., scaffolding, direct teaching, etc.) while maintaining content and student engagement/interest


Alfieri, L., Nokes, T. N., & Schunn, C. D. (2013). Learning Through Case Comparisons: A Meta-Analytic Review. Educational Psychologist, 48(2), 87-113.

Alfieri, L., Nokes-Malach, T. J., & Schunn, C. D. (2013). Learning Through Case Comparisons: A Meta-Analytic Review.Educational Psychologist, 48 (2), 87-113. doi: 10.1080/00461520.2013.775712

Alfieri, L. Nokes, T. J., & Schunn, C. D. (2011, September). Aligning the structural components across learning tasks of case comparisons. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington, DC.

Alfieri, L., Brooks, P. J., Aldrich, N. J., & Tenenbaum, H. R. (2011). Does discovery-based instruction enhance learning? The Journal of Educational Psychology, 103(1), 1-18.

Tenenbaum, H. R., Alfieri, L., Brooks, P. J., & Dunne, G. (2008). The effects of explanatory conversations on children's emotion understanding. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 26, 249-263.

News and Awards


CUNY Graduate-A Research / Teaching Fellowship The College of Staten Island, CUNY, 2007-2010

PSC-CUNY Research Grant Program for CUNY Doctoral Students, "The Influence of Explanation on Emotion Comprehension", 2005-2006