The mission of the MOVE Lab is to build a bridge between in and out of school learning. We aim to implement cutting edge research and statistical methodologies to investigate cognitive and motivational factors involved with engagement in all contexts, with a particular focus on transfer to everyday life settings. We hope to not only generate a greater understanding of educational psychology theory but to make an impact on the lives of teachers and learners.


Developing a greater understanding of student motivation.

Out of School

Investigating the unique characteristics of learning and motivation in out-of-school contexts.


Demonstrating that value is an integral component of motivation and achievement.


Facilitating deep engagement and studying the resulting impact on learning.


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Alex Parsons presents at AERA 2019

Alex Parsons presented at AERA 2019 with her research on new school administration’s impact on its communication, cohesion and community. Congrats and keep up the good work, Alex! Island or Village: The Impact of New Read more…

Kelly Ross presents! AERA 2019

OU MOVE Lab member, Kelly Ross, successfully presented at AERA 2019 on her research focusing on understanding the freshman experience of belonging in public university classroom. Congratulations and great job! Understanding college freshmen’s experience of Read more…