Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:45am
Dr. Pete Yaksick, assistant professor of criminology and psychology at Mercyhurst North East, co-published a cognitive science article as a member of a five-person Ivy League research team based at Columbia University. The article is titled “How does discourse among like-minded individuals affect their thinking about a complex issue?" It was published Dec. 30 in the peer-reviewed scholarly British journal Thinking And Reasoning, volume 24 number 4, 2018.
The primary research aim investigates the effect of dyadic-dialogic interaction on reasoning, meta-cognition, attitudinal polarization and confirmation bias. The death penalty is used as the divergent discussion point. Like-minded and opposite-minded subjects were utilized for the research design, which included pre- and post-essays along with extensive coding mechanisms.
Yaksick holds advanced psychology degrees from both Columbia and Johns Hopkins University, and has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) to study Mental Health Counseling. He also was a television journalist for nearly 15 years, working as crime and investigative reporter, as well as anchor, for several NBC and CBS TV Network affiliates, including WSEE-TV Newswatch 35 here in Erie, and WPXI-TV Channel 11 News in Pittsburgh.