Katherine Mathis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Teaching this semester

PSYC 1101. Introduction to Psychology, B

A general introduction to the major concerns of contemporary psychology, including physiological psychology, perception, learning, cognition, language, development, personality, intelligence, and abnormal and social behavior. Recommended for first- and second-year students. Juniors and seniors should enroll in the spring semester.

PSYC 2740. Laboratory in Cognition

An analysis of research methodology and experimental investigations in cognition, including such topics as auditory and sensory memory, visual perception, attention and automaticity, retrieval from working memory, implicit and explicit memory, metamemory, concept formation and reasoning. Weekly laboratory sessions allow students to collect and analyze data in a number of different areas of cognitive psychology.

Professor Mathis has conducted research in a number of areas of cognitive psychology, including the conceptual and lexical mental representations of novice and expert bilinguals, the effects of a visual scene context on the recognition of individual objects, the visual perception of objects under masked conditions, automaticity of orthographic and phonological processing used during reading, and how magazine advertisements implicitly increase positive attitudes towards the products depicted.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Siena College, 1992
  • M.A., Cognitive Psychology, State University of New York; Albany, 1995
  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology , State University of New York; Albany, 1998

Publications

Mathis, K. M., & Kahan, T. A. (2014). Holistic processing improves change detection but impairs change identification. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 21, 1250-1254.

Kahan, T. A., Hengen, K. B., & Mathis, K. M. (2011). An examination of orthographic and phonological processing using the task-choice procedure. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26, 171-190.

Kahan, T. A., & Mathis, K. M. (2007). Searching under cups for clues about memory: A classroom demonstration. Teaching of Psychology, 34, 124-128.

Kahan, T. A., & Mathis, K. M. (2002). Gestalt grouping and common onset masking. Perception and Psychophysics, 64, 1248-1259.

Mathis, K. M. (2002). Semantic interference from objects both in and out of a scene context. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 28, 171–182.

Neill, W. T., & Mathis, K. M. (1998). Transfer-inappropriate processing: Negative priming and related phenomena. In D. L. Medin (Ed.) , Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Vol. 38, pp. 1-40). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Altarriba, J., & Mathis, K. M. (1997). Conceptual and lexical development in second language acquisition. Journal of Memory and Language, 36, 550-568.

Presentations

Mathis, K. M., Souto Maior Osthoff, E., & Pierce, D. (2016, November). Implicit preferences and memory for web-based advertisements in low but not high load conditions. Poster presented at the 57th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Flanagan, A., & Mathis, K. M. (2013, November). Overnight learning in first-degree relatives of those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and attention deficit hyper-activity disorder. Poster presented at the 54th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Kahan, T. A., Mathis, K. M., & Schriger, S. H. (2012, November). Holistic processing facilitates change detection but impairs change localization. Poster presented at the 53rd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Mathis, K. M., & Kahan, T. A. (2011, November). An implicit increase in positive attitudes towards the products depicted in focal but not peripheral magazine advertisements. Poster presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.

Mathis, K. M. (2011, May). Implicit perception of products depicted in magazine advertisements. Mainely Data (Some Theory): A conference for experimental psychology in the state of Maine, Bates College, Lewiston, ME.

Kahan, T. A., Mathis, K. M., & Hengen, K. B. (2010, May). Are orthographic and phonological codes extracted automatically from printed words and nonwords? Mainely Data (Some Theory): A conference for experimental psychology in the state of Maine, Colby College, Waterville, ME.

Kahan, T. A., Mathis, K. M., & Jackson, E. (2002, November). When memory load increases negative priming. Poster presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Kansas City, MO.

Mathis, K. M., Sheridan, K. R., Lucas, A. K., Marks, E., Laborde III, C., Ashley, D., Sandhu, S. K., Sood, N., Houston, T., & Kahan, T. A. (2002, November). Magazine advertisements implicitly increase positive attitudes towards the products depicted. Poster presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Kansas City, MO.

Kahan, T. A., Mathis, K. M., Sellinger, J. J. (2001, November). Dissociative priming effects for word and nonword targets. Poster presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Orlando, FL.

Houston, T., Levy, B., Marks, E., & Mathis, K. M. (2001, October). Transfer-appropriate processing and word stem completion. Poster presented at the 52nd annual convention of the Mississippi Psychological Association, Gulfport, MS.

Mathis, K. M., Kahan, T. A., Schiehser, D. & Varan, V. (2001, June). Novel popout generalizes to pictures. Poster presented at the 13th annual conference of the American Psychological Society, Toronto, Ontario.

Kahan, T. A., Mathis, K. M., Ward, C., & Crump, Y. (1999, November). Two dot masking under divided attention. Poster presented at the 40th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Los Angeles, CA. 

Altarriba, J., Mathis, K. M., Diliberto, K. A., & Soltano, E. G. (1997, April). Recognition and recall as measures of monolingual and bilingual memory. In G. E. Raney (Organizer), The role of memory in language comprehension. Symposium conducted at the 68th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. [Invited Paper]

Altarriba, J., Mathis, K. M., & McNamara, T. P. (1996, November). Automatic priming occurs from a dominant to a subordinate language. Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Kahan, T. A., Neill, W. T., Mathis, K. M., & VerWys, C. A. (1996, November). Is elimination of Stroop interference evidence against automaticity? Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Mathis, K. M., & Altarriba, J. (1996, November). Concept acquisition occurs early in second language learning. Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Mathis, K. M., & Altarriba, J. (1995, May). Lexical and conceptual constraints in the acquisition of a second language. Poster presented at the 67th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.