Ben Seipel, PhD

Assistant Professor
Tehama 417
530-898-6854
bseipel@csuchico.edu

Ben completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Here at California State University- Chico, he teaches courses on Educational Psychology, Fundamental Practices of Teaching, Assessment in Special Education, and Introduction to Research Methods in Education. His research focuses on the cognitive and neurological process of reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition while reading, and implicit learning systems. Specifically, through the use of eye-tracking, EEG, and fMRI he has examined how people create coherent mental representations of narratives when they encounter inconsistencies in text. He also has written a reading comprehension test that diagnoses different cognitive processing issues for struggling readers in 3rd-5th grades. He is currently developing this test into a computer-adaptive assessment. He has plans to develop similar diagnostic assessments for older students as well. In the classroom Ben enjoys discussing classic and current research topics and how those topics can better inform teaching practices of educators. Prior to his career in research and high education, Ben worked as a Spanish teacher in various K-12 settings and is also licensed to teach K-12 vocal/general music.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Seipel, B., Carlson, S., Bianco-Simeral, S., Frigaard, M., Wolff, C., and Goto, K. (2013). The nutritional moral of the story: Storybooks used to promote healthy food. Poster presentation given at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse. Valencia, Spain, July 16-18.
  • Van Leijenhorst,L., Seipel, B., Clinton, V.E., & van den Broek. (2013). Neural correlates of discourse comprehension: Coherence monitoring in texts and sentence pairs. Poster presentation given at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse. Valencia, Spain, July 16-18.
  • Seipel, B., Bianco-Simeral, S., Frigaard, M., Wolff, C., and Goto, K. (2013). The nutritional moral of the story: Storybooks used to promote healthy food. Poster presentation given at the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference.Long Beach, CA, June 18-20.
  • Clinton, V., Carlson, S., & Seipel, B. (2013). Patterns of Word Use Associated with Valid Inference Generation.  Paper to be presented at the 2013 annual Meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Valencia, Spain, July 16-18.
  • Nelson, A., Seipel, B.,  Furr-Kalpakoff, J., & Miller, M. (2013). Developing Kindergarteners’ Vocabulary Using Small Group Cooperation and Oral Presentation. Paper presentation at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, April-May, 2013.
  • Seipel, B. & Clinton, V. E. (2013). Using Neuroscience to Understand Learner Differences: Skilled and Less-Skilled Comprehends Differ in Inconsistency Detection. Poster presentation at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, April-May, 2013.
  • Seipel, B. & van den Broek, P.W. (2013).  The Role of Implicit Learning in Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition while Reading in Economically Diverse Populations.  Paper presentation at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, April-May, 2013.
  • Koch, S. & Seipel, B. (2012). Co-Teaching in a 3-Dimensional Hybrid Environment: Face-to-face, Synchronous Online, and Asynchronous Online. Paper presentation at the 2012 annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division, Grand Rapids, MI November, 2012.
  • Seipel, B. & Koch, S. (2012). Constructivism for Special Educators in a Teacher Credential Program. Paper presentation at the 2012 annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division, Grand Rapids, MI November, 2012.
  • Clinton, V. & Seipel, B. (2012).  Coherence maintenance with readers of differing proficiency levels.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Minneapolis, MN on November 16, 2012.

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