Melody Wiseheart


Locations / Contact Info:

Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2001
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BS - 1995
Vanderbilt University


Melody Wiseheart heads the Cognitive Flexibility Lab at York University. Lab members develop and validate tools for teachers that are based on cognitive psychology principles.

Selected Publications

All publications can be downloaded at

Foot-Seymour, V., Foot, J., & Wiseheart, M. (2019). Judging credibility: Can spaced lessons help students think more critically online? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 33, 1032-1043.

Wiseheart, M., Küpper-Tetzel, C. E., Weston, T., Kim, A. S. N., Kapler, I. V., & Foot-Seymour, V. (2019). Enhancing the quality of student learning using distributed practice. In J. Dunlosky & K. Rawson (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of cognition and education (pp. 550-584). New York: Cambridge University Press.


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

If you would like a position in the lab, please see

The lab is developing a socio-economic status scale, which is being compared to measures of wellbeing, self-compassion, and motivation. Students interested in development of this questionnaire are welcome to apply.

Undergraduate thesis students and graduate students interested in educational psychology, including learning and memory, may apply for a position. In particular, the lab seeks students who wish to study the spacing effect in relation to learning and retention of STEAM skills (e.g., computer science, music, biology, algebra).