PhD Student in Cognitive and Comparative Psychology

Graduate Center, City University of New York

Biography

I’m currently a PhD student at CUNY in the Cognitive and Comparative Psychology program at the Memory & Attention Lab under Dr. Timothy Ricker. My interests include working memory, consolidation into long-term memory, and how these functions differ in various populations. I’m particularly interested in using neuroimaging and eye-tracking to answer questions about human cognition.

I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2015, with a dual B.S./B.A. in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics. Previously, I’ve worked in a lab at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine investigating computer-based cognitive remediation programs to improve cognition and mobility.

You can reach me at kcotton@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Interests

  • Working memory
  • Long-term memory
  • Mind-wandering
  • Neuroimaging
  • Eye-tracking

Education

  • PhD in Cognitive and Comparative Psychology

    Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • MA in Psychology, 2020

    Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • BS in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2015

    University of Rochester

  • BA in Linguistics, 2015

    University of Rochester

Research

How does information in working memory become information in long-term memory?

My research focuses on the relationship between working memory and long-term memory, particularly how working memory processing can affect our long-term memory performance.

What is the relationship between working memory consolidation and long-term memory?

This project looked at how manipulating working memory consolidation influences subsequent delayed recognition performance. Article

Do similar processes underlie creativity and working memory consolidation?

How does mind-wandering affect working memory performance?

Teaching

  • Cognitive Psychology (Instructor, Spring 2021), Lehman College, CUNY
  • Thinking, Knowing, Remembering (Teaching assistant, Fall 2019 - Spring 2021), City College, CUNY

Additional pedagogy training:

  • Course in Effective Teaching Practices (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020), City College, CUNY
  • Teach@CUNY Summer Institute (Summer 2019), Graduate Center, CUNY

Writing