Dr. Sarah Torok-Gerard to Present at LINC Luncheon

March 20, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Sarah Torok-Gerard, associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Mount Union, will be the featured LINC luncheon series speaker on Tuesday, March 25 in the Hoover-Price Campus Center on Mount Union’s campus.

Torok-Gerard will present, “Tales from the Trails: Linking Classroom Learning to Ultra Marathon Training.”

During her presentation, Torok-Gerard will discuss what motivates people to practice something, whether all forms of motivation and practice are created equal and how people can use the ways they practice in one context to improve skills in completely different contexts. The presentation will examine a variety of elements involved in the learning process including motivation, self-regulation, self-efficacy and failure. 

Torok-Gerard recently conducted quantitative and qualitative sabbatical research, as well as a self-study on the habits of good practice. By testing her own limits in training for her first ultra-trail marathon, she discovered invaluable lessons about how people learn and acquire skills, not just in the classroom, but in their daily lives.

Torok-Gerard earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in educational psychology from University at Albany, SUNY and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Mercyhurst College.

LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) was created to take advantage of the local expertise from Mount Union’s faculty and staff that exist in Alliance in light of Mount Union’s exceptional academic reputation.

The cost for each lunch is $10. Payment is accepted at the door. Lunch begins at noon, the program will begin at 12:20 p.m. and the event will conclude by 1 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations, contact The Regula Center at (330) 829-8168 or regulacenter@mountunion.edu.



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