Evan F. Risko

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Board Member

Board Member


Contact Information

Email: efrisko@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 x48135
Location:PAS 4010


Associate Professor | Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts 

Canada Research Chair

Dr. Evan Risko is currently an associate professor and a Canada Research Chair in Embodied and Embedded Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Since receiving his PhD at the University of Waterloo, he has been pursuing his research interests in issues related to the embodied and embedded nature of cognition and the utilization of cognitive psychology to help improve practices in education and training. He has published over 100 papers, received research funding from numerous agencies (i.e., NSERC, SSHRC, CFI), worked with numerous industry partners and received various accolades for his research including Early Career awards from the Psychonomic Society, the Province of Ontario, and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science. 

Graduate students typically fit themselves into one of three broad areas: 

  • trying to better understand how we use our body and the social and material environment (e.g., technology) to help us think, and how this coupling ultimately shapes our thinking, 
  • using research in cognitive science to improve educational and training practices, and 
  • trying to understand how we perceive and make judgments based on effort. 

This involves research that spans a number of traditional domains including attention, memory, cognitive control, perception, and language. 

Selected Publications:

  • Risko, E. F. & Gilbert, S. (2016). Cognitive offloading: Emerging trends and future directions. Trends in Cognitive Science, 20, 676-688. 
  • Wilson, K. E., Martinez, M., Mills, C., D’Mello, S., Smilek, D. & Risko, E. F. (2018). Instructor presence effect: Liking does not always lead to learning. Computers and Education, 122, 205-220. 
  • Dunn, T.L., & Risko, E. F. (2019). Understanding the cognitive miser: Cue-utilization in effort avoidance. Acta Psychologica