Skip to main content

robert lorch

Bucket List


My research is in two different areas.  For a long time, I have conducted research on text processing, particularly processing of expository material (i.e., textbook material) by adults. I am interested both in the processes underlying the comprehension of text as a person reads, and the processes by which a reader retrieves text information after reading.  More recently, I have been doing research in elementary schools on science instruction.  That research aims to design instructional interventions that are effective at teaching the logic and process of experimentation.  It involves both lab-based and classroom-based research.


Professional Affiliations:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Psychological Society
  • Fulbright Society
  • Society for Text and Discourse
Graduate Training

Ph.D. Univ. of Massachusetts, 1980

Selected Publications:

·  Lorch, R.F., Jr., Lorch, E.P., Calderhead, W.J., Dunlap, E.E., Hodell, E.C., Freer, B.D. (in press).  Learning the control of variables strategy in higher- and lower-achieving classrooms: Contributions of explicit instruction and experimentation.  Journal of Educational Psychology.

·  Lemarié, J., Lorch, R.F., Jr., Eyrolle, H., Virbel, J. (2008). A text-based and reader-based theory of signaling. Educational Psychologist, 43, 27-48.

·  Hyönä, J., Lorch, R.F., Jr., Kaakinen, J.  (2004).  Effects of topic headings on text processing: Evidence from adult readers’ eye fixation patterns.  Learning and Instruction, 14, 131-152.

·  Hyönä, J., Lorch, R.F., Jr., Kaakinen, J.  (2002).  Individual differences in reading to summarize expository text:  Evidence from eye fixation patterns.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 94, 44-55.

·  van den Broek, P., Lorch, R.F., Jr., Linderholm, T., Gustafson, M.  (2002).  The effects of readers’ goals on inference generation and memory for text.  Memory Cognition, 29, 1081-1087.

Submitted by rlorch on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 03:16 pm


#1 on my “bucket list” is arranging a private concert by Diana Krall for me and 30 or so hand-picked friends and family.  (Ella is no longer available.)  The playlist will be chosen mostly from her “Live in Paris” CD and her “All for You” CD.  The finale will be Diana’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A case of you.”  The champagne will be French; Kentucky will, of course, supply the bourbon.  Mr. Dave and Ms. Betty will put together the menu. 

There must be at least one dream on your bucket list….

#2 on my bucket list is living abroad for a year.  At the moment, I am two months into crossing that item off my list.  I am definitely not in a hurry to get it crossed off.  Toulouse is a great city in which to live and is conveniently located for one who finds Europe a generally pleasant place to spend some time.  Being in France on a sabbatical leave is, perhaps, the best of circumstances in which to spend time abroad.  I am expected to spend a year focusing on the part of my job for which I was trained; I am meeting new colleagues who share many of my interests but bring different perspectives to our common ground; and I have a great deal of freedom in deciding how to use my time.  But the biggest advantages of living abroad are the consequences of the constant mundane challenges to routine.

Subscribe to robert lorch