Katherine S. Moore

Associate Professor, Psychology

Boyer Hall 128 1 (215) 517-2429 by appointment

About Me

Dr. Moore has been at Arcadia since 2015. She teaches Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology of Music, Sensation & Perception, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Senior Seminar. As head of the Attention, Memory, and Cognition laboratory, Dr. Moore's research projects explore the limits of attention, the relationship among attention, perception and memory, and how expertise or context affect these processes. Most of her work is in the visual domain, but she also studies music cognition and synesthesia. 

Dr. Moore earned her B.A. in Cognitive Science in 2003 at nearby University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2010. Prior to coming to Arcadia, Dr. Moore was an Assistant Professor at Elmhurst College, and was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University. 

Areas Of Focus

cognitive psychology, attention, perception, memory, music cognition, synesthesia

Education History

University of Michigan 2010

Ph.D., Psychology

University of Pennsylvania 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Cognitive Science

Minor in Music Theory


Lead Author 2018

Using rapid serial visual presentation to measure set-specific capture, a consequence of distraction while multitasking

Research Paper, Journal of Visualized Experiments

Co-Authored with EA Wiemers, A Kershner, K Belville, J Jasina, A Ransome, J Avanzato

Lead Author 2018

Practice reduces set-specific capture costs only superficially

Research Paper, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

Co-Authored with EA Wiemers

Co-Author 2016

Response to a comment on “Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science”

Article, Science

Co-Author 2015

Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science

Research Paper, Science

Co-Authored with Open Science Collaboration

Lead Author 2014

A bottleneck model of set-specific capture

Research Paper, Plos One

Co-Authored with DH Weissman

Lead Author 2013

The effect of attention on repetition suppression and multivoxel pattern similarity

Research Paper, Journal of cognitive neuroscience

Co-Authored with DJ Yi, MM Chun

Co-Author 2012

An open, large-scale, collaborative effort to estimate the reproducibility of psychological science

Article, Perspectives on Psychological Science

Co-Authored with Open Science Collaboration

Lead Author 2011

Set-specific capture can be reduced by pre-emptively occupying a limited-capacity focus of attention

Research Paper, Visual cognition

Co-Authored with DH Weissman

Lead Author 2010

Involuntary transfer of a top-down attentional set into the focus of attention: Evidence from a contingent attentional capture paradigm

Research Paper, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics

Co-Authored with DH Weissman

Lead Author 2009

Made you look! Consciously perceived, irrelevant instructional cues can hijack the attentional network

Research Paper, NeuroImage

Co-Authored with CB Porter, DH Weissman

Co-Author 2009

Psychological and neural mechanisms of short-term memory

Contribution to book, Handbook of neuroscience for the behavioral sciences

Co-Authored with C Lustig, MG Berman, DE Nee, RL Lewis, J Jonides

Co-Author 2008

The contents of visual memory are only partially under volitional control

Research Paper, Memory & cognition

Co-Authored with IR Olson, DB Drowos

Co-Author 2008

The effects of musical training on verbal memory

Research Paper, Psychology of Music

Co-Authored with MS Franklin, CY Yip, J Jonides, K Rattray, J Moher

Co-Author 2008

Neuroscientific evidence about the distinction between short- and long-term memory

Article, Current directions in psychological science

Co-Authored with DE Nee, MG Berman, J Jonides

Co-Author 2008

The mind and brain of short-term memory

Article, Annual Review of Psychology

Co-Authored with J Jonides, RL Lewis, DE Nee, CA Lustig, MG Berman

Co-Author 2006

Visual working memory is impaired when the medial temporal lobe is damaged

Research Paper, Journal of cognitive neuroscience

Co-Authored with IR Olson, M Stark, A Chatterjee

Co-author 2006

Using perfusion fMRI to measure continuous changes in neural activity with learning

Research Paper, Brain and cognition

Co-Authored with IR Olson, H Rao, JJ Wang, JA Detre, GK Aguirre

Co-Author 2006

Working memory for conjunctions relies on the medial temporal lobe

Research Paper, Journal of Neuroscience

Co-Authored with IR Olson, K Page, A Chatterjee, M Verfaellie

Co-Author 2005

Associative learning improves visual working memory performance

Research Paper, Journal of experimental psychology: human perception and performance

Co-Authored with IR Olson, Y Jiang

Research Summary

I generally study the intersection among attention, perception, and memory. In one line of work I've been investigating the limits of visual attention under conditions of multitasking and distracting. In my lab, we have found that people are capable of looking for more than one item at a time, but that distraction throws us off track, and the costs are far greater during multitasking than when looking for a single item. We've looked into how training and strategy play a role, as well as how the attentional system manages different stimulus types in multitasking situations. We've also found that the number of concurrently maintained goals has an effect on the magnitude of distraction costs. Also in studying visual search, my students have explored questions such as multisensory contributions to search as well as the effect of perceived lighting. 

In other lines of work, my students and I have studied topics such as specialized attention to emotional stimuli, the effect of cell phone interruptions while driving, the relationship between musical training and fluid cognition, synesthesia, visual memory, musical illusions, and perceptual afterimages. Finally, my interest in open science has led me to contribute to the large-scale reproducibility project, a 200+ scientist collaboration to systematically replicate numerous studies in the field, with the hope of inspiring improved scientific and ethical practices in our field as well as others in science.

In my laboratory we use both behavioral and eye-tracking methods. Undergraduates lead or collaborate on all aspects of projects.