Katherine White

Katherine White

Professor of Psychology, Chair of Psychology, Winton M. Blount Professor of Social Sciences, Director of Fellowships & Undergraduate Research

Dr. Katherine White is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cognition and Aging Lab. Dr. White′s research program broadly investigates memory and language processes in young and older adults, with specific emphasis on factors that influence written and spoken word retrieval. Her long-term research objective is to enhance our theoretical understanding of how people store, retrieve, and process individual words as well as words within a broader discourse (i.e., sentence) context. Furthermore, her research seeks to identify how different aspects of memory and language are affected by age.

Dr. White′s CV 

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Selected Publications
White, K. K., Abrams, L., *Koehler, S. M., & *Collins, R. J. (2016). Lions, tigers, and bears, Oh Sh!t: Semantics versus tabooness in speech production. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Advanced online publication.

White, K. K., Abrams, L., *LaBat, L. R., & *Rhynes, A. M. (2016). Competing influences of emotion and phonology during picture-word interference. Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience, 31, 265-283.

White, K. K., Abrams, L., & Zoller, S. M. (2013). Perception-production asymmetries in homophone spelling: The unique influence of aging. Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs099

White, K. K., Abrams, L, & Frame, E. A. (2013). Semantic category moderates phonological priming of proper name retrieval during tip-of-the-tongue states. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28, 561-576.doi:10.1080/01690965.2012.658408
White, K. K., Abrams, L, Palm, G. M., & Protasi, M. A. (2012). Age-related influences on lexical selection and orthographic encoding during homophone spelling. Psychology and Aging, 27, 67-79. doi: 10.1037/a0024422

White, K. K., Abrams, L., McWhite, C. B., & Hagler, H. L. (2010). Syntactic constraints in the retrieval of homophone orthography. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 36, 160-169.

White, K. K., Abrams, L., & Byrd, A. (2009). Generation, intentionality of processing at encoding and retrieval, and age-related associative deficits. Memory, 5, 481-492.

White, K. K., Abrams, L., Zoller, S. M., & Gibson, S. M. (2008). Why did I right that? Factors that influence the production of homophone substitution errors. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 977-985.

Cortese, M. J., Khanna, M. M., White, K. K., Veljkovic, I., & Drumm, G. (2008). The activation and monitoring of memories produced by words and pseudohomophones. Journal of Memory and Language, 58, 393-414.

Abrams, L., Trunk, D. L., & White, K. K. (2007). Visual and auditory priming influences the production of low-frequency spellings. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 21, 745-762.

White, K. K., & Abrams, L. (2004). Phonological priming of preexisting and new associations in young and older adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 30, 645–655.

Abrams, L., White, K. K., & Eitel, S. L. (2003). Isolating phonological components that increase tip-of-the-tongue resolution. Memory and Cognition, 31, 1153-1162.

White, K. K., & Abrams, L. (2002). Does priming specific syllables during tip-of-the-tongue states facilitate word retrieval in older adults? Psychology and Aging, 17, 226-235. 


Ph.D. in Cognitive and Sensory Processes, University of Florida
M.S. in Psychology, University of Florida
B.A. in Psychology, Rhodes College