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Jan K. Andrews Associate Professor of Cognitive Science

Janet (Jan) K. Andrews was a founding member of Vassar’s Cognitive Science Program (now Department.) Her research interests concern the relationships between perception, language, and cognition. A long-term interest is in the structure and formation of category concepts and in the relationship between perceptual processes and abstract knowledge. Her research investigates these issues primarily by examining the category learning behavior and perceptual judgments of adults and testing effects known as learned categorical perception (CP).
  • AB, Bard College; PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • At Vassar since 1979

Contact

  • Phone: 845-437-7369
  • Office: New England Building
  • Hours: Posted on my office door; you can also contact the CogSci Department, or just email me
  • Box: 146

Departments and Programs

Courses

  • COGS 100. Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • COGS 301. Senior Thesis
  • PSYC 200. Statistics and Experimental Design

Selected Publications

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations

  • Andrews, J. K., de Leeuw, J. R., Andrews, R., Landolt, C., & Griesmer, C. (2019).  Distinguishing learned categorical perception from selective attention to a dimension:  Preliminary evidence from a new method.  Paper submitted to the 41st annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
  • Andrews, J. K., de Leeuw, J. R., Larson, C., & Xu, Xiaoqing. (2017).  A preliminary p-curve analysis of learned categorical perception research.  In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1550-1555).  Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • de Leeuw, J. R., Andrews, J. K., Livingston, K. R., & Chin, B. M. (2016). The effects of categorization on perceptual judgment are robust across different assessment tasks. Collabra, 2(1), 1–9.
  • Andrews, J. K. (2014). Emerging sign languages: Evidence from the Caribbean. In N. Faraclas, R. Severing, C. Weijer, E. Echteld, & W. Rutgers (Eds.), Creolization and Commonalities, Proceedings of the ECICC, Volume 2. Willemstad, Curaçao: Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma. Pp. 77-83.
  • Andrews, J. K., Livingston, K., & Kurtz, K. (2011). Category learning in the context of co-presented items. Cognitive Processing, 12, 161-175.

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Janet (Jan) K. Andrews earned her AB from Bard College and her AM and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a founding member of Vassar’s Cognitive Science Program (now Department) and teaches courses on introductory cognitive science, language, research methods, statistics and experimental design, and (occasionally) the cognitive science seminar (recent topic: language, embodiment, and abstraction).

Her research interests concern the relationships between perception, language, and cognition. A long-term interest is in the structure and formation of category concepts and in the relationship between perceptual processes and abstract knowledge. Her research investigates these issues primarily by examining the category learning behavior and perceptual judgments of adults and testing effects known as learned categorical perception (CP).