Joyce Ma
Principal Researcher

Joyce is currently a Principal Researcher in the Visitor Research and Evaluation Department at the Exploratorium. Her work involves characterizing the visitor experience in order to inform exhibit and program development and better understand the nature of informal learning at the museum. Before joining the Exploratorium, Joyce conducted research on mental models, analogical reasoning, and computer-based learning environments, specifically those that scaffold students in building and testing system models. Joyce is interested in understanding how people make sense of scientific and technical domains and in developing innovative learning environments as informed by cognitive research.