Drs. Katherine Moore and Christina Swanson have been selected to receive Arcadia University’s 2016 Research Support Fellowship, which covers expenses to attend the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues from Feb. 18 to 21 in Washington, D.C. .
Dr. Moore, assistant...
Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Katherine Moore is one of 270 researchers published in a Science Magazine article for her work with the Reproducibility Project: Psychology (RPP), which replicates previously published studies and compares the results to the original findings. The study was...
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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
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
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.