Dr. Lauren F. V. Scharff
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List of Publications / Presentations
Published Papers: SoTL, Teaching & Professional Development
News Articles / Blog Posts: SoTL & Teaching
Presentations and Workshops: SoTL & Teaching
Published Papers: Vision & HF Research
Abstracts and Presentations: Vision & HF Research
Publications with Students in Undergraduate Journals

Publications: SoTL, Teaching, & Professional Development

Heft, I. & Scharff, L. (In press). Aligning best practices to develop targeted critical thinking skills and habits. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Scharff, L., Draeger, J., Verpoorten , D., Devlin, M., Dvorakova, L., Lodge, J. & Smith, S. (2017). Exploring Metacognition as Support for Learning Transfer. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, Vol 5, No. 1. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20343/5.1.6

Scharff, L. & Draeger, J. (September, 2015). Thinking about metacognitive instruction. The National Teaching and Learning Forum, 24(5), p. 4-6. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ntlf.2015.24.issue-5/issuetoc

Long, S., Derby, L., Scharff, L. LeLoup, J. & Uribe, D. (March, 2015). Leadership development and language learning: A foundational framework. Dimension by Southern Conference on Language Teaching http://scolt.org/images/PDFs/dimension/Dimension%202015_FINAL.pdf

Jensen, M. & Scharff, L. (December, 2014). Using E-Book Annotations to Develop Deep Reading. Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology. pp. 83-86. http://jotlt.indiana.edu/article/view/12872

de Souza, I., Lystrup, R. & Scharff, L. (2013). Linguistic Sibling Rivalry: Mutual Interference between Portuguese and Spanish.  Special Issue of Portuguese Language Journal, “Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.” Vol 7, http://www.ensinoportugues.org/current-articles/
Frank, T. & Scharff, L. (2013). Learning contracts in Undergraduate Courses: Impacts on student behaviors and academic performance.  Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 13(4), pp. 36-53. http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/view/3453/3636 <
Hutchings, P., Borin, P., Keesing-Styles, L., Martin, L., Michael, R. Scharff, L., Simkins, S., & Ismail, A. (2013). The scholarship of teaching and learning in an age of accountability: Building bridges.  Special Issue of Teaching and Learning Inquiry 1(2), pp. 35-47.
Yang, H. & Scharff, L. (2013). Improving oral presentations: Inserting subtitles in videos for targeted feedback. Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology, 2(1), p. 1-14.
Jones, S., Harrington, K. & Scharff, L. (2013). An Integrated Effort to Develop and Assess Critical Thinking Skills. A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, 29th Edition. The Higher Learning Commission. p. 264 – 268.
Scharff, L. (2013). Getting at the Big Picture through SoTL. In, The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning In and Across the Disciplines, Edited by Kathleen McKinney. Indiana University Press.
Scharff, L., Rolf, J., Novotny, S. & Lee, R. (2011). Factors impacting completion of pre-class assignments (JiTT) in Physics, Math, and Behavioural Sciences. In, Improving Student Learning: Improving Student Learning Global Theories and Local Practices: Institutional, Disciplinary and Cultural Variations, Edited by Chris Rust. Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Schweitzer, D., Boleng, J., Scharff, L., (2011) “Interactive tools in the graphics classroom,” In Proceedings of the sixteenth annual conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE '11).
Fulton, S., Schweitzer, D., Scharff, L. & Boleng, J, (2011). Demonstrating the Impact of Multitasking in the Classroom, 41st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference October 12 - 15, 2011, Rapid City, SD.
Scharff, L. (Ed). (2007). A Colleagues' Survival Guide: Advice and SFA Faculty Handbook; online at: http://www2.sfasu.edu/teachingexcellence/Services/Survivalguide_explain.htm
Scharff, L. (2005). Using Teaching Assistants Effectively. In S. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds.), Handbook of Teaching of Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Scharff, L. (June, 2004). Creating time for research: Using a student organization to drive research. CUR Quarterly, p. 95-96, http://www.cur.org/pdf/TimeVignettes.pdf
Scharff, L. (August, 2003). Determining Career-Course Level and Why the Course Should be Required. (Invited response to The Case for Requiring a 'Careers' Course for Psychology Majors by Marky Lloyd .) In B. Buskist (Ed.) E-xcellence in Teaching, Vol. 5, published through the Society for Teaching of Psychology Discussion List (PSYCHTEACHER@list.kennesaw.edu).
Scharff, L. (July, 2002). Organizing and Maintaining University-Wide Teaching Circles. In B. Buskist (Ed.) E-xcellence in Teaching, Vol. 4, published through the Society for Teaching of Psychology Discussion List (PSYCHTEACHER@list.kennesaw.edu).
Spence, P. and Scharff, L. (Eds.). (2000). SFA Survival Guide: A Colleague's Guide to Success. SFA Printing.

News Articles

Giving Hope a New Dimension (posted 8/7/2014). Academy Spirit. http://www.usafa.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123420516 (summarizes Respect for Human Dignity research conducted with Dr. Michelle Butler)

Blog Posts

Scharff, L. (posted 4 January, 2017). New Year Metacognition. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/new-year-metacognition/

Scharff, L. (posted June 18, 2016). The Challenge of Deep Learning in the Age of LearnSmart Course Systems (Part 2). Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/challenge-deep-learning-age-learnsmart-course-systems-part-2/

Draeger, J. & Scharff, L. (posted June 7, 2016). Using metacognition to select and apply appropriate teaching strategies. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/using-metacognition-select-apply-appropriate-teaching-strategies/

Scharff, L. (posted January 20, 2016). The Challenge of Deep Learning in the Age of LearnSmart Course Systems. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/the-challenge-of-deep-learning-in-the-age-of-learnsmart-course-systems/

Scharff, L. (posted December 12, 2015). Lean Forward, but Do It Metacognitively! Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/lean-forward-but-do-it-metacognitively/

Scharff, L. & Draeger, J. (November 1, 2015). Using Metacognition to Make International Connections. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/using-metacognition-to-make-international-connections/

Scharff, L. (posted August 17, 2015). Breaking the content mold: The challenge of shaping student metacognitive development. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/breaking-the-content-mold-the-challenge-of-shaping-student-metacognitive-development/

Scharff, L. (posted May 10, 2015). Parallels: Instructors’ Metacognition Practices and their Mindsets. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/parallels-instructors-metacognition-practices-and-their-mindsets/

Scharff, L. (posted October 13, 2014). Despite Good Intentions, More is Not Always Better. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/despite-good-intentions-more-is-not-always-better/

Scharff, L. (posted August 21, 2014).
Incorporating Metacognitive Leadership Development in Class. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com

Draeger, D. & Scharff, L. (posted May 19, 2014). What do we mean when we say “Improve with metacognition”? (Part One). Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com

Scharff, L. & Draeger, J. (posted on May 3, 2014). What do we mean when we say “Improve with metacognition”? (Part One). Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com

Scharff, L. (posted on April 4, 2014). What Extra Credit Participation Teaches Us about Creating Buy-in for Metacognition. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com




Presentations and Workshops: SoTL & Teaching

Scharff, L., Draeger, J., Robinson, S., Pedro, L., Peak, C., & Beziat, T. (October, 2016). Use of a Guided Journal to Support Development of Metacognitive Instructors. Talk presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Los Angeles.

DeWees, B., Scharff, L., Lane, C., Perez, L., & Munson, A. (October, 2016). Implementing Learning Techniques that Work: Measuring and Sharing Practices to Improve Student Learning. Talk presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Los Angeles.

Scharff, L., Draeger, J., Verpoorten , D., Devlin, M., Dvorakova, L., Lodge, J. & Smith, S. (October, 2016). Exploring Metacognition as Support for Learning Transfer. Talk presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Los Angeles.

Scharff, L., Ahmad, A., & Kissell, J. (October, 2016). We Know Why SoTL Is Important; Why Doesn’t Everyone? Pre-conference workshop presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Los Angeles.

Packard, G., Celaya, A., Dreslinski, N., Robb, S., Rohlwing, S. & Scharff, L. (May, 2016). Usability and Effectiveness of a U.S. Air Force Academy Leadership Case Study eBook. Poster presented at the annual Association for Psychological Science conference, Chicago, IL.

Draeger, J. & Scharff, L. (May 2016). Using Metacognition to Select and Apply SoTL Appropriately. Talk presented at the Speaking SoTL Conference, High Point, NC.

Byerley, A., O-Dowd, D., Tellefsen, J. & Scharff, L. (May 2016). Implementing Team-Based Learning (TBL) in Undergraduate Aeronautical Engineering Courses. Talk presented at the Speaking SoTL Conference, High Point, NC. Butler, M. & Scharff, L. (April 2016).

Pushing Boundaries of Comfort to Develop and Assess Respect for Human Dignity: Anxiety at First, Now Ready for More. Invited presidential talk co-presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Scharff, L., Draeger, J., & Richmond, A. (April 2016). Improve with Metacognition: A Collaborative Website Resource. Poster presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Scharff, L. (June 2015). Cultivating Curiosity & Creative Thinking for STEM Students with Art, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Engineering: Non-STEM Courses to Strengthen STEM Skills. Panelist member at the GlobalMindED conference, Denver, CO.

Packard, G., Doran, A., Celaya, A., & Scharff, L. (May, 2015). Leadership Case Study eBook Usability and Effectiveness in Core Leadership Courses at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Poster presented at the annual Association for Psychological Science conference, New York City, New York.

Scharff, L. & Draeger, J. (April, 2015). Instructor Journal for Reflection and Self-regulation to Support Metacognitive Instruction Development. Talk presented at the Southwestern Psychological Convention, part of the Southwest Teaching of Psychology track, Wichita, KS.

Scharff, L. (April, 2015). Incorporating Metacognitive Leadership Development in Class. Talk presented at the Southwestern Psychological Convention, part of the Southwest Teaching of Psychology track, Wichita, KS.

Scharff, L. & Hertel, J. (October, 2014). Capable of Honors without Knowing It: Rising to Expectations. Talk presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Quebec, Canada.

Scharff, L., Draeger, J., & Richmond, A. (October, 2014). Improve with Metacognition: A Collaborative Website. Poster presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Quebec, Canada.

Jensen, M. & Scharff, L. (August, 2014). E-books and Deep Reading: Strategies & Tactics, Advantages & Pitfalls. Talk presentated at Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (CoLTT) conference, Boulder, CO.

Scharff, L., Draeger, J. &Richmond, A. (April 2014). Improve with Metacognition: A Collaborative Website Resource. Talk presented at the Southwestern Psychological Convention, part of the Southwest Teaching of Psychology track.

Scharff, L., Jones, S., & Eskildensen, I. (March 2014). Developing and Assessing Critical Thinking. Symposium panel at the Teacher-Scholar Forum at Metro State University, Denver, CO.

Long, S., Derby, L., Uribe, D., & Scharff, L. (Nov 2013). Linking Leadership & Language Development:  Data & Implementation Strategies. Talk presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Orlando FL.

Scharff, L. & Butler, M. (Oct 2013). Development and Evidence-based Assessment of Respect for Human Dignity. Talk given at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Raleigh, NC.

Scharff, L. (June 2013). Developing a Strong “Backstory” for Your SoTL Project. Workshop presented at the International Institute for SoTL Scholars and Mentors. Los Angeles, CA.

Scharff, L. and Richmond, A. (April 2013). Metacognitive Interventions for Academically Low Performing Students. Talk presented at the Southwestern Psychological Convention, part of the Southwest Teaching of Psychology track.
Derby, L., Long, S., Uribe, D. & Scharff, L. (22 February 2013). Observing Practices and Attitudes on Leadership Development in Foreign Language. Poster presented at the Teacher-Scholar Forum at Metro State University, Denver, CO.
Rolf, J., Warner, B. & Scharff, L. (Jan, 2013). Peer Instruction via Learning Catalytics Compared to Active Learning. Talk given at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA.
Yang, H. & Scharff, L. (August, 2012). Oral Presentation Video Feedback: Inserting “Spot-On” Comments. Talk presented at Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (CoLTT) conference, Boulder, CO.
Butler, M., Packard, G., & Scharff, L. (August, 2012). Teaching and Assessing Respect for Human Dignity. Poster at the American Psychological Association Convention, Orlando, FL.
Hertel, J. & Scharff, L. (June, 2012). Learning in Honors Courses Compared to Non-honors Courses. Talk / cohort participation at the International Institute for SoTL Scholars and Mentors (IISSaM), Los Angeles, CA.
Scharff, L. VanNort, A., Jones, S. & Tetley, J. (April, 2012). Critical Thinking Development: Student Awareness, Understanding, and Ability. Talk presented at the Southwestern Psychological Convention, part of the Southwest Teaching of Psychology track.
Scharff, L., Rolf, J., Robinson, S., & Scoville, J. (March, 2012). Implementing Practices to Enhance Student Consciousness of Their Learning. Panel presentation at the SoTL Commons, Statesboro, GA.
Scharff, L. (March, 2012). Multiple Case Study Investigation of E-reader Devices in Academia. Poster presentation at the SoTL Commons, Statesboro, GA.
Rolf, J., Scharff, L., & Hodge, T. (Jan, 2012). Does “Thinking about Thinking” Impact Completion Rates of Pre-class Assignments? Talk presented at the Joint Math Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, Boston, MA.
Butler, M.A., Packard, G.A., & Scharff, L. (Jan, 2012). Teaching and assessing respect for human dignity (RFHD) through case studies, lab demonstrations and field trips. Presented at Brain Injury Summit, Jan., Beaver Creek, CO.
McKinney, K., Chick, N., Poole, G., Robinson, J., & Scharff, L. (Oct, 2011). The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Across the Disciplines. Panel Presentation at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Milwaukee, WIS.
Scharff, L. (April, 2011). Incorporating Just in Time Teaching (JiTT) to Enhance Preparation and Critical Thinking. Talk presented in Southwestern Teachers of Psychology session at the Southwestern Psychological Association convention, San Antonio, TX.
Estrada, S., Knight, E., & Scharff, L. (April, 2011). Metacognitive reflection related to student performance and attitudes in Calculus. Talk presented at the International Conference on College Teaching & Learning, Jacksonville, FL.
Scharff, L., McCabe, D. & Nash, M. (March, 2011). Practicing Integrated Critical Thinking in a First-year Core Course. SoTL Commons, Statesboro, GA.
Crider, K. & Scharff, L. (March, 2011). Exploration of Homework Timing on Student Performance. SoTL Commons, Statesboro, GA.
Echeverria, F., Rolf, J., & Scharff, L. (January, 2011). Using Videos to Encourage Pre-Class Preparation. Joint Math Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.
Scharff, L., Rolf. J., Lee, R. & Novotny, S. (October, 2010). Factors Impacting Completion of Pre-class Assignments in Physics, Math, and Behavioral Sciences. Paper presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Liverpool, UK.
Scharff, L. (April, 2009). Viewer, Viewer, What Do You See? An overview of factors influencing text displays such as web pages and PowerPoints. President’s address at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) convention.
Scharff, L. (November 4, 2008). Using PowerPoint Powerfully: From Visual Design to Presentation. Invited keynote presented to the Southwest Teachers of Psychology Conference.
Scharff, L. (October 18, 2008). Learning Processes: What are Your Students Really Getting from Your Instruction? Invited keynote workshop presented to the East Texas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Beavers, B., Langham, L., McBroom, M., Scharff, L., & Whitney, S. (2008, 2 workshops in April). Learning and Motivation in the Postsecondary Classroom. Workshops presented to faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Corley, S., Cornett, S., Oldenkamp, J., Scharff, L., & Willams, A. (2008). Student Reactions to Quality of Professor’s Handwriting. SWPA Convention.
Scharff, L. (2007). Promote Learning with an Active Psi Chi Chapter. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Scharff, L. (2007; multiple workshops). Using PowerPoint Effectively (Avoiding "Death by PowerPoint"). Workshop presented to faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Oldenkamp, J., Corley, S., Cornett, S., & Scharff, L. (2007). Student reactions to feedback on class assignments. SWPA / CTUP Symposium.
Cannon, M., Scharff, L., & Harris, M. (2006, 2 workshops in November). Major writing assignments: Improving the final product. Workshops presented to faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Scharff, L., Bartsch, R., & Cirilo, J. (2006). Developing Faculty Teaching: Exchange of Ideas. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
McCuller, M. & Scharff, L. (2006, 4 workshops in June & July). So You Want a Webpage? Basic Design and Creation. Workshops presented to faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Scharff, L. and Wozencraft, T. (2005). Incorporating Writing Assignments: Examples, Goals, and Realities. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Davis, J., Osborne, R. & Scharff, L. (2005). Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Training Workshop Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Davis, S. and Scharff, L. (2004). Creating and Using an Effective Teaching Portfolio. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Scharff, L. (2004). Fighting Burnout: Making Your Job Fulfilling and Fun. Invited Address for CTUP at the Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Scharff, L. and Davis, S. (2003). Options for Effectively Communicating Careers in Psychology Information to Undergraduates. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
McGahan, J., Scharff, L. and Dougherty, T. (2003). Effective Ways to get Students Involved in Service Projects. Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Scharff, L. and Ziemer, H. (2002). Establishing and Maintaining Participant Pools. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Ziemer, H. and Scharff, L. (2002). Organizing and Running a Student Research Conference. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Scharff, L. (2002). Learning Science Through Independent Research Projects. Part of an STP Symposium on Introducing Students to Research. Presented at the American Psychological Society Convention.
Davis, S., Osborne, R., & Scharff, L. (2002). Preparing the New Psychology Professoriate: Developing your Teaching Philosophy and Style. STP/CTUP Workshop presented at SWPA Convention.
Scharff, L. (2001). Incorporating Writing in All Levels of the Psychology Curriculum. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Scharff, L. and Wilkerson, A. (November 1999). Seminar Courses: Successes and Challenges. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Horsley, A., Scharff, L., and Lamb, T. (November 1999). Reaching Students with Different Learning Styles. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Regeth, R., Scharff, L., Horsley, A., and Mitchell, L. (November 1999). Perspectives from Both Sides: Graduate Student Teaching Seminar. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Anson, J., Scharff, L. , Cottle, H., Tunnicliff, P., Davis, S., Smith, B. and Gates, L. (April 1998). Training Graduate Teaching Assistants: Trainer and Trainee Perspectives. Workshop presented at Southwest Psychological Association Annual Convention.
Scharff, L.V. and Allen, D. (October 1997). Considerations When Using Writing and Debates as Active-Learning Techniques. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.
Anson, J., Scharff, L. and Davis, S. (April 1997). Training Graduate Teaching Assistants: Current and Future Needs. Workshop presented at Southwest Psychological Association Annual Convention.
Scharff, L.V. (November 1996). Service-Learning: Taking Classroom Teachings Out to the Community. Southwest Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology.

Publications (Vision and Human Factors Research)
Gibb, R., Ercoline, W., & Scharff, L. (December 2011-January 2012). Curbing a Killer. Aero Safety World. The Journal of Flight Safety Foundation, 46-47.
Gibb, R., Ercoline, W., & Scharff, L. (2011). Spatial Disorientation: Decades of Pilot Deaths. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 82(7), 1-8.
Kortum, P. & Scharff, L. (2011). The Impact of Web Site Familiarity on User Performance When Critical Navigation Links Change. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas, NV Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Gibbs, R., Gray, R. & Scharff, L. (2010). Aviation Visual Perception: Research, Misperception and Mishaps. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing Group.
Scharff, L. & Kortum, P. (2009). The Effect of Small Changes in Web Page Navigation on Performance of Users Who Revisit Sites. Journal of Usability Studies, Vol 5(1), 8-20.
Kortum, P.& Scharff, L.V. (2009). Eye-tracking Measures of User Behavior During Web Site Re-visitation. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Antonio, TX. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1244- 1248
Scharff, L. & Scott, B. (in press). Implementation and Evaluation of Online Geographical Maps of Psi Chi Chapters. Eye on Psi Chi Journal.
Scharff, L. (2008). Perception. In S. Davis and W. Buskist (Eds.), 21st Century Psychology: A Refernce Handbook. (pp. 245-255). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.,
Kortum, P. & Scharff, L. (2007). The effect of small changes in web page navigation links on the performance of users who revisit sites. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Santa Monica, CA. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1138-1142.
Raidy, D. & Scharff, L. (2005). Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Auditory and Visual Memory Tasks. (abstract) Perceptual and Motor Skills, Vol. 101, 451-467.
Wood, R., Davis, K., & Scharff, L. (2005). Effects of Typeface and Font Size on Legibility for Children (pdf file). American Journal of Psychological Research, Vol 1, 86-102.
Scharff, L. V. & Ahumada, A. J. (2003). Contrast measures for predicting text readability, B. E. Rogowitz and T. N. Pappas, eds., Human Vision and Electronic Imaging VII, SPIE Proc. 5007, 463-472.
Scharff, L. F. V. (2003). Sensation and perception research methods. In S. Davis (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Experimental Psychology. (pp. 263-284). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Scharff, L. (2003). Everything except the kitchen sink, but little synthesis. [Review of the book Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses. 2nd Ed by Richard Cytowic]. Applied Cognitive Psychology. Vol 17 (7), 872-873.
Scharff, L. F. V., & Ahumada, A. J., Jr. (2002). Predicting the readability of transparent text. Journal of Vision, 2(9), 653-666, http://journalofvision.org/2/9/7/ , DOI 10.1167/2.9.7.
Brookshire, J., Scharff, L. & Moses, L. (2002). The influence of illustrations on children's book preferences and comprehension Reading Psychology, Vol 23(4), 323 - 339.
Scharff, L. V., Hill, A. L., and Ahumada, A. J. (2000). Discriminability measures for predicting readability of text on textured backgrounds. Optics Express, Vol 6 (4), pp. 81-91. (Example stimuli for this paper)
Scharff, L. V., Ahumada, A. J., and Hill, A. L., (1999). "Discriminability Measures for Predicting Readability," B. Rogowitz and T. Pappas. Eds., Human Vision and Electronic Imaging, IV, SPIE Proc. 3644 , pp. 270-277.
Hill, A. and Scharff, L. (1999). "Readability of computer displays as a function of color, saturation, and background texture". D. Harris Ed., Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, Vol. 4, pp. 123-130.
Scharff, L. V. (1997). Decreases in critical disparity gradient with eccentricity may reflect size-disparity correlation. Journal of the Optical Society of America: A , 14, 1205-1212.
Scharff, L. V. and Geisler, W. (1992). Stereopsis at isoluminance in the absence of chromatic aberrations. Journal of the Optical Society of America: A , 9, 868-876.
Rosenstein, L. and VanSickle, L. F. (1991). Artificial depression of left-hand finger tapping rates: a critical evaluation of the Halstead-Reitan finger tapping test instrument. The International Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology . 8, 106-110.

Presentations / Abstracts: Vision and Human Factors Research
Scharff, L. & Ahumada, A. (2009). A Contrast Polarity Search Effect in Letter Identification [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, http://journalofvision.org/9/8/1021/, doi:10.1167/9.8.1021(Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, May, Naples, FL.)
Scharff, L., & Ahumada, A. (2008). Contrast polarity in letter identification [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 8(6):627, 627a, http://journalofvision.org/8/6/627/, doi:10.1167/8.6.627. (Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, May, Naples, FL.)
Scharff, L. & Kortum, P. (2008). The immediate benefit of disappearing web links. Texas Human Factors and Ergonomics convention.
Scharff, L., Sylvester, R., Lowe, O., & Dyess, J. (2008). Effects of avatar physique and online environment on avatar personality. Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Ahumada, A. & Scharff, L. (2007). Lines and Dipoles are Efficiently Detected. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, May, Sarasota, FL. Journal of Vision 7(9), Abstract 337, Page 337a (http://journalofvision.org/7/9/337/)
Cantu, L. E. & Scharff, L. V. (November, 2006). Stereoscopic Semantic Activation Reveals Unconscious Influence on Word Stem Completion. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 11, 56.
Ahumada, A. J., Watson, A. B., & Scharff, L. V. (November, 2006). Which Visual Images are Detected Best? Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 11, 37.
Ahumada, A. J., Scharff, L. F. V., & Watson, A. B. (2006). What pattern does the visual system detect best? European Conference on Visual Perception. Perception 35, 59.
Scharff, L. (2006). Who moved my link? Search performance on repeated tasks. Human Factors and Ergonomic Society Houston Chapter Conference.
Scharff, L., Burns, J., Gamble, C., Hatnot, S., & Netterville, V. (2006). Effects of homelessness, gender, and family status on prosocial behavior. Southwestern Psychological Association Convention
Oldenkamp, J. & Scharff, L. (2006). The influence of visual display information on customer behavior. Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Scharff, L. V. (December, 2005). Web Usability and Vision Science. Invited seminar presented at Universita Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.
Lauren F.V. Scharff, Albert J. Ahumada (2005) Understanding text polarity effects, European Conference on Visual Perception. Perception 34, 133. 
Scharff, L. V. & Ahumada, A. J. (2005). Why is light text harder to read than dark text? Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Journal of Vision, 5 (8), p. 812a (doi:10.1167/5.8.812).
Greer, S. & Scharff, L. (2005). Influences of Web site Structure, Navigation, and Internet Self-Efficacy on Task Performance and Web site Evaluation. HFES Houston Chapter Regional Conference.
Shird, L. & Scharff, L. (2005). Effects of Website Interface Design on Performance and Satisfaction. Southwestern Psychological Association Convention
Lauter, J., Scharff, L., Salmons, L., Alexander, J., & Bonomo, J. (2005). Directed Attention Effects on the Auditory Brainstem Response . Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Scharff, L. (February 18, 2005). Text Readability, Polarity Influences, and Practical Applications. Teleconference talk given through Internet II.
Scharff, L. , Greer, S., Oldenkamp, J., Onyejiaka, U., Sloan, T., Ward, T. (2004). Influence of Case, Emphasis, and Motivation on Readability and Retention of Emails. Southwestern Psychological Association convention.
Scharff, L. & Nguyen, P. (November, 2003). A New Test of Music Mood Induction and Mood Congruent Memory. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 8, 114.
Ahumada, A. J. & Scharff, L. V. (November, 2003). Letter Identification: Contrast Polarity and Speed-Accuracy Trade-off Strategies. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 8, 67.
Scharff, L. V. & Ahumada, A. J. (July, 2003). Why is letter identification performance better for negative than positive contrast? Berkeley Area Vision Research Day.
Scharff, L. V. & Ahumada, A. J. (2003). Letter identification latencies are predicted by an asymmetric contrast metric. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, p. 223 of program. 
Scharff, L. V. & Ahumada, A. J. (2002) Using letter identifiability to predict readability of transparent text on textured backgrounds, Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting, October 2002, San Francisco CA. 
Scharff, L. V. & Ahumada, A. J. (2002). Identification of filtered letters in filtered noise. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, p.102 of program.
Scharff, L. V. (2002) Measuring and Predicting Readability of Text Displays. Invited symposium presentation at Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Andrews, J., Scharff, L. & Moses, L. (2002). The influence of illustrations on children's book preferences and reading comprehension. American Education Research Association Annual Meeting.
Scharff, L. V. & Ahumada, A. J. (2001). Predicting Readability of Transparent Text on Textured Backgrounds. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 42, S733.
Davis, K., Woods, R. and Scharff, L.V. (April 2001). The effects of typeface and font on legibility for children. Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Wilkerson, A. and Scharff, L. (2000). Expanding Cross-Modal Research Using Auditory Glides and Stereoscopic Depth. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 5, 38.
Scharff, L.V. (2000). Serial Visual Searches Processed More Efficiently Across Multiple Depth Planes. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 41, S424.
Collier, A. and Scharff, L.V. (April 2000). Visual Search Styles with Varying Cube Perspective and Lighting Directions . Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Scharff, L. V., Hill, A. L., and Ahumada, A. J., (1999). Discriminability measures for predicting the readability of text on textured backgrounds. Optical Society of America Conference Manual, p.54.
Scharff, L. (1998). Serial Visual Search Processed Efficiently Across Multiple Depth Planes. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 39, S164.
Melton, H. and Scharff, L. (April 1998). Stereoscopic Visual Search Using a Serial Search Task. Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Youngman, M. and Scharff, L. (April 1998). Text Width and Border Space Influences on Readability of GUIs. Southwestern Psychological Association Convention.
Reid, T. and Scharff, L. (May 1997). Visual search using naturalistic backgrounds and 3-D targets . Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 38, S366.
Scharff, L. V. (May 1995). Decreases in critical disparity gradient with eccentricity reflect size-disparity correlation. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. (Research supported by faculty grant 1140.35)
Scharff, L. V. (May 1992). Effects of eccentricity and convergence on the critical disparity gradient. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.
Rosenstein, L. and VanSickle, L. F. (1991). Artificial depression of left-hand finger tapping rates: a critical evaluation of the Halstead-Reitan finger tapping test instrument. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

VanSickle, L. F. and Geisler, W. (1989). Stereopsis in the absence of chromatic aberrations. Optical Society of America Conference Program.

Publications with Students in Undergraduate Journals
Nicholson, L. & Scharff, L. V. (2007). The effects of procrastination and self-awareness on emotional responses. The Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 12 (4), 139-145.
Dryden, Rebecca & Scharff, Lauren (2006). Influence of voting convenience, poll point-spread, and age on reported voting behavior. The Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 11(4), 147-153.
Brockie, Kathleen & Scharff, Lauren (accepted with revisions). Personality influence on friendship development in first-semester college students. The Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Davis, Kristi (supervised by Scharff, L. V.) (2004). Effects of rhythmic sound rates on a visual counting task. The Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 8 (3), 100-107.
Aiza, Aaron. (supervised by Scharff, L. V.) (1999). Visual Searches Combining Dimensionality and Number of Targets. Proceedings of the Thirteenth National Conference on Undergraduate Research, II 535-539.
Youngman, Melissa. (supervised by Scharff, L. V.) (1998). Text Width and Border Space Influences on Readability of GUIs. Proceedings of the Twelfth National Conference on Undergraduate Research, II 786-789.
Hill, Alyson. (supervised by Scharff, L. V.) (1997). Readability of screen displays with various foreground/background color combinations, font styles, and font types. Proceedings of the Eleventh National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Vol II, 742-746.
Rustad, Robin. (supervised by Scharff, L. V.) (1995). Chromatic information in human stereoscopic vision. Proceedings of the Ninth National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 1, 448-451.