Katie White

Katherine White

Professor of Psychology, Chair of Psychology (On Sabbatical Fall 2020), Winton M. Blount Professor of Social Sciences, Director of Fellowships & Undergraduate Research

Dr. Katherine White is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cognition and Aging Lab. Dr. White′s research program broadly investigates cognitive processes in young and older adults, with specific emphasis on factors that influence spoken and written word retrieval. Her long-term research objectives are to (1) enhance our theoretical understanding of how people retrieve and produce language, and (2) investigate the linguistic (e.g., semantic, phonological), cognitive (e.g., attention), and non-cognitive (e.g., emotion) factors that influence the retrieval and production process. Furthermore, her research seeks to identify how different aspects of language, attention, and memory are affected by healthy aging.

Dr. White′s CV 

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Selected Publications (asterisks indicate student co-authors)

White, K. K., Abrams, L., *Hsi, L. R., & *Watkins, E. C. (2018). Are precues effective in proactively controlling taboo interference during speech production? Cognition and Emotion, 32, 1625-1636. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1433637

White, K. K., Abrams, L., *Koehler, S. M., & *Collins, R. J. (2017). Lions, tigers, and bears, Oh Sh!t: Semantics versus tabooness in speech production. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24, 489-495. doi: 10.3758/s13423-016-1084-8

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. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2015.1101144

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. doi: 10.1037/a0017676


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