Michael Alban, PhD

Michael Alban Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
Blg 60 Rm #353
Phone: 928-523-9418

BS 1996 Evangel University
MBA 2000 Regent University
MS 2010 Florida State University
PhD Florida State University

Professional interests

Michael's research interests include human memory, strategies to enhance learning (e.g., how to more effectively monitor and control cognition), factors that affect decision making, and human perspective-taking abilities (e.g., how an individual generates - and subsequently updates - a mental representation of another person's knowledge). One line of his prior work focused primarily on identifying cues people use to assess their own learning, while a second line of his prior work examined factors that vary the likelihood of strategic retrieval processes. In addition to extending his prior research, Michael wants to study how people might more accurately represent the knowledge of other people, which could lead to more effective instruction in classroom and corporate settings and to fewer misunderstandings in interpersonal relationships.

Recent publications 

  • Alban M. W., & Pocknell, V. (2017). Cognitive factors affecting freeze-like behavior in humans. The Journal of General Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/00221309.2016.1276046
  • Kelley, C. M., & Alban, M. W. (2015). Constrained retrieval in recognition memory. In S. Lindsay, H. L. Roediger, III, C. M. Kelley, & A. Yonelinas (Eds.). Remembering: Attributions, processes, and control in human memory: Essays in honor of Larry L. Jacoby. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Alban, M. W. & Kelley, C. M. (2013, April 8). Embodiment meets metamemory: Weight as a cue for metacognitive judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1037/a0032420. 
  • Alban, M. W. & Kelley, C. M. (2012). Variations in constrained retrieval.Memory & Cognition, 40, 681-692. DOI 10.3758/s13421-012-0185-5.   


Dr. Alban teaches an honors section of introductory psychology, sections of cognitive psychology, Abnormal Psychology, a senior capstone on memory and metamemory, and a course on the psychology of decision making.  He also serves as a research supervisor to a few research students.