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April, 2018

CURRICULUM VITAE
Laura Jane Kelly
lkelly@ucmerced.edu
LauraJaneKelly.com
EDUCATION
In Progress Ph.D. in Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced
Sept., 2011 M.S. in Psychology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Cognitive Psychology
May, 2009 B.A. in Anthropology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Highest Honors
Spring 2008 School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT
SIT Samoa: Pacific Island Studies
PUBLICATIONS
Kelly, L. J. & Heit, E (2017). Recognition memory for hue: Prototypical bias and the role of
labeling. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43(6),
955-971. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000357
Kelly, L. J. & Heit, E (2014). Representational shifts made visible: movement away from the
prototype in memory for hue. Frontiers in Psychology 5:796. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00796
UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS
Rotello, C. M., Heit, E. & Kelly, L. J. Do modals identify better models? A comparison of signal
detection and probabilistic models of inductive reasoning. Under review.
Rotello, C. M., Heit, E. & Kelly, L. J. The shape of ROC curves in shooter tasks: Implications
for best practices in analysis. In preparation.
Kelly, L. J. Event perception and segmentation: Issues of representation and embodiment. Ph.D.
candidacy qualifying paper.
Kelly, L. J. Is segmentation necessary? Evidence from language comprehension. Ph.D.
candidacy qualifying paper.
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
Kelly, L, J. & Heit, E. (2013). Representational shifts towards the prototype in memory for hue.
In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceeding of the 35th Annual
Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Oral Presentations
Rotello, C. M., Heit, E. & Kelly, L. J. (2016). Do modals identify better models? A
comparison of signal detection and probabilistic models of inductive reasoning. 57th
annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

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Rotello, C. M., Heit, E. & Kelly, L. J. (2016). Do modals identify better models? A
comparison of signal detection and probabilistic models of inductive reasoning. New
Approaches and Methods in Inductive Reasoning Symposium. International Conference
on Thinking. Providence, RI.
Rotello, C. M., Heit, E. & Kelly, L. J. (2015). Accuracy differences for congruent and
incongruent belief bias problems reflect response bias. 56th annual meeting of the
Psychonomic Society. Chicago, IL.
Kelly, L. J. & Heit, E. (2014). Direction of representational shifts in memory for hue is not
fixed. 7th Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference. Rotterdam,
Netherlands.
Kelly, L. J. & Malt, B. C. (2011). Color language’s effect on perception: The activation of
linguistic categories. Paper presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Eastern
Psychological Association. Cambridge, MA.
Poster Presentations
Heit, E., Kelly, L. J., & Rotello, C. M. (2016) ROCs Show That Shooter Bias is Response
Bias. Poster presented at 57th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.
Kelly, L. J. & Heit, E. (2014). Labels Focus Attention: Implications for Language Relativity.
Poster presented at Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language 12, Santa Barbara,
CA.
Kelly, L. J. & Heit, E. (2013). Representational shifts towards the prototype in memory for
hue. Poster presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society,
Berlin, Germany.
Kelly, L. J. & Heit, E. (2012). Representational shifts in memory for hue. Poster presented at
the 53rd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.
FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PRIZES
2018 Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, UC Merced
2016 Student Scholarship to Trieste Encounters on Cognitive Science,
Language Learning
2013 – 2018 Cognitive and Information Sciences Travel Fellowship, UC Merced
2013 – 2016 Cognitive and Information Sciences Summer Fellowship, UC Merced
2012 Graduate Research Council Summer Fellowship, UC Merced
2012 Graduate Division General Fellowship, UC Merced
2011 – 2015 Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship, UC Merced
2009 – 2010 President’s Scholar, Lehigh University
2009 Donald T. Campbell Social Science Research Prize, Lehigh University
Second Place Undergraduate Prize for Hierarchies of the Senses (see below)
2005 – 2009 Dean’s Scholarship, Lehigh University

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HONORS AND AWARDS
2009 Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University
Departmental Honors
2007 – 2009 Eckardt College Scholar, Lehigh University
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND POSITIONS
2013 – 2017 Graduate Student Researcher – Heit Lab, with Dr. Evan Heit
2009 – 2011 Master’s Thesis – Psychology Master’s Program, with Dr. Barbara Malt
Investigating the effect of overt labeling on lateralized categorical perception for
color.
Spring 2010 Research Assistant – Language Production Lab, with Dr. Padraig O’Seaghdha
2008 – 2009 Senior Thesis – Anthropology Major, with Dr. John Gatewood
Hierarchies of the Senses: Investigating Color, Texture and Scent in American
English.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING
June 2013 APA Advanced Training Institute: Exploratory Data Mining in Behavioral
Research. University of California, Davis
June 2012 APA Advanced Training Institute: Nonlinear Methods for Psychological Science.
University of Cincinnati.
CORE SKILLS
Experimental Design, Inferential Statistics
Programming Languages: Python, JavaScript, R
Experienced Using: PsychoPy, jsPsych, Git, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Mechanical Turk,
TurkPrime, Qualtrics, SPSS, JASP, E-prime
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Instructor of Record, University of California, Merced
Summer 2017 Introduction to Cognitive Science
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Merced
Fall 2017 Contemporary Moral Problems
Spring 2013 Cognitive Neuroscience
Fall 2012 Introduction to Cognitive Science
Spring 2012 Perception
Fall 2011 Judgment and Decision Making
Teaching Assistant, Lehigh University
Spring 2011 Child Development
Fall 2010 Statistical Analysis of Behavioral Data

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SERVICE
2014-2017 Cognitive Science Internal Graduate Student Representative
2013-2017 Cognitive Science Graduate Student Representative to the UCM Graduate
Student Association
2015 Co-Organizer of Prospective Student Visit Weekend

Ad-hoc Reviewer for: Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

PRESS
Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology: Labels and Memory
https://www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/peeps/issue-91.aspx
Codecademy Stories: Study the human mind – with Python
http://www.codecademy.com/stories/study-the-human-mind-with-python

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