|Name:||Dr. Kristin Jay (née Janschewitz)|
|Office Location:||Dyson 345|
|Extension:||(845) 575-3000 ext. 6213|
Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience (2009) - University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Psychology (2004) - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
I am a cognitive psychologist. As an undergraduate, I became interested in psychology when I learned that psycholinguistics existed--a scientific way to study how people use language! As a graduate student and postdoc, my research projects involved the effect of emotion on cognitive prcesses like attention, long-term memory, and executive function. My dissertation was generally about cognitive and emotional regulation in the context of maladaptive coping and functional physical disorders. My research continues to involve a combination of emotion, language, and cognitive control issues... lately I'm interested in our use of euphemisms and self-censorship. Finally, although I've always studied relatively high-level cognitive processes, I've always been fascinated by the organization and functioning of our sensory systems.
At Marist, I teach Learning & Cognition, Biopsychology and Research Methods I. I involve a group of dedicated students in my own research (the "WTF lab") and I support independent study and honors student research projects. I am also the advisor to the psychology club and the manager of the participant pool.
Pottery. Visual arts generally. Nature. Playing with words.
|Awards & Honors:||
Joseph McGuigan Dissertation Year Fellowship (UCLA), 2008-09
Shepard Ivory Franz Distinguished Teaching Award (UCLA), 2008
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention, 2005
Distinguished Psychology Student (Mass. College of Liberal Arts), 2004
Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant, 2003
Janschewitz, K.L., & Jay, T.B. (in press). A child’s garden of curses: A gender, historical, and age-related evaluation of the taboo lexicon. American Journal of Psychology.
Chan, M. Y. P., Hamamura, T., & Janschewitz, K. (2013). Ethnic differences in physical pain sensitivity: Role of acculturation. Pain, 154, 119-123.
Jay, T.B., & Janschewitz, K. (2012). The science of swearing. APS Observer, 25(5), 21; 40-41.
Janschewitz, K., & MacKay, D. (2011). Emotion and language. In Hogan, P. C. (Ed.), Cambridge encyclopedia of the language sciences. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Janschewitz, K., & Jay, T.B. (2009). Slang and offensive language. In R.A. Shweder, T. R. Bidell, A. C. Dailey, S. D. Dixon, P. J. Miller, & J. Modell (Eds.), The child: An encyclopedic companion. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Janschewitz, K. (2008). Taboo, emotionally-valenced, and emotionally-neutral word norms. Behavior Research Methods, 40, 1065-1074.
Jay, T.B., & Janschewitz, K. (2008). The pragmatics of swearing. Journal of Politeness Research, 4, 267-288.
Jay, T.B. & Janschewitz, K. (2007). Filling the emotion gap in linguistic theory: Commentary on Potts’ expressive dimension. Theoretical Linguistics, 33, 215-221 .
Emotional/offensive/taboo language: cognitive, biological, social aspects. Self control with respect to this language. Euphemisms.
Association for Psychological Science
Eastern Psychological Association
Janschewitz, K.L., & Jay, T.B. (2011). Child swearing: Frequency counts and sex differences from the 1980s and 2010. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science Convention (Washington DC).