Evangeline Wheeler

Professor, Cognitive Psychology


Contact Information

LA 2129


University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Wheeler did her dissertation
on how rats use flexible memory
coding in a complicated radial-arm maze task.

Areas of Expertise


Compassion and cognitive aspects of positive psychology

Research Interests

Dr. Wheeler is interested in how aspects of cognitive ability interact with physical health states and mental mind-sets. She is also fascinated by how computer gaming affects cognitive abilities, and is developing new research in this area.


Selected Publications

Stansbury, J., Wheeler, E., & Buckingham, J. (2014). Can Wii engage college-level learners? Use of commercial off-the-shelf gaming in an Introductory Statistics course. Computers in the Schools,
31(1-2), 103-115.

Wheeler, E. & Faulkner, M. (in press). The pet effect: Physiological calming in the presence of canines. Society & Animals.

Wheeler, E. & Lenick, N. (in press). Brief compassion meditation and recall of positive-emotion words. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis.

Wheeler, E. (2013). Amusing ourselves to health: A selected review of lab findings. In Jan D. Sinnott (Ed.), Positive Psychology: Advances in Understanding Adult Motivation (pp. 79-94). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Wheeler, E. (2012). The cognitive science of prejudice. In Dale W. Russell and Cristel Antonia Russell (Eds.), The Psychology of Prejudice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Contemporary Issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Wheeler, E., Brooks, L. & Brown, J. (2011). “Gettin’ on my last nerve”: The mental health, physiological and cognitive effects of racism on people of African descent. Journal of Pan African Studies. 4 (5), 81-101.