Name: Kristin Jay (née Janschewitz)
Title: Assistant Professor
Office Location: Dyson 345
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 6213
Degrees Held:

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 the field of psycholinguistics existed--a way to really quantify how people use language to do things to each other! 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 tended to study relatively high-level cognitive processes, I'm increasingly fascinated by the organization of our sensory systems, especially how this determines our experience of the colorful, tangible, comprehensible world as we know it.  

At Marist, I teach Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology & Lab, 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 manage the participant pool. Ask me about the cognitive science minor.


Pottery... low fire techniques. Nature. Playing with words. The body as a tool for creating desired mental states.

Awards & Honors:

NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Neuroscience (UCLA), 2009-10

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


Jay, K.L., & Jay, T.B. (2015). Taboo word fluency and knowledge of slurs and general pejoratives: Deconstructing the poverty-of-vocabulary myth. Language Sciences. doi: 10.1016/j.langsci.2014.12.003

Jay, K.L., & Jay, T.B. (2013). A child’s garden of curses: A gender, historical, and age-related evaluation of the taboo lexicon. American Journal of Psychology, 126(4), 459-475. doi:10.5406/amerjpsyc.126.4.0459

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 .

† indicates graduate student


Sigma Xi

Council on Undergraduate Research

Association for Psychological Science

Eastern Psychological Association

New England Psychological Association


Bridges, R.* & Jay, K. (2014). Construal level and self-control: An analysis of IAT performance. Poster presented at New England Psychological Association Annual Meeting (Lewiston, ME).

Donelan, J.,* Bridges, R.,* & Jay, K. (2014). Emotional and hemispheric differences in attentional blink. Poster presented at Eastern Psychological Association Annual Convention (Boston, MA).

Duncan, S.* & Jay, K. (2014). The comorbidity of binge eating and compulsive buying. Poster presented at Eastern Psychological Association Annual Convention (Boston, MA).

Frank, L.* & Jay, K. (2014). Sensory integration in flavor perception. Poster presented at Eastern Colleges Science Conference (Poughkeepsie, NY).

Sobolewski, L.* & Janschewitz, K. (2014). Adult recall of childhood memories for skill development. Poster presented at Eastern Psychological Association Annual Convention (Boston, MA).

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).

Jay, T.B., Janschewitz, K.L., & Seeley, K.* (2011). Poor memories of potty training. Poster presented at Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (New York, NY).

Steinhauer, M.,* Smith, D.,* Sun, J.,* Lowery, M.,* Clark, M.,* Mead, R.,* Burgess, A.,* Choudhury, F.,* Janschewitz, K., & Moody, E. (2011). Language induced arousal increases probability of source misattribution. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science Convention (Washington DC).

Janschewitz, K.L., Cheung, F.,* Ornitz, E.M., Naliboff, B.D., & Knowlton, B.J. (2010). Passive coping is associated with increased acoustic startle reflex. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science Convention (Boston).

Chan, Y. P.,* Janschewitz, K., & Knowlton, B. (2010). Cultural differences in pain experience: A comparison between Asian, Asian American, and Caucasian. Poster presented at the Tenth Annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford, CA and Nineteenth Annual UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, UCLA, CA.

Janschewitz, K., & Knowlton, B.J. (2009). Pain catastrophizing associated with impaired inhibition in emotional go/no-go task. Poster presented in ‘Emotional Ups and Downs’ session at Association for Psychological Science Convention (San Francisco).

Janschewitz, K., Khoo, T.,* & Knowlton, B.J. (2009). As association between maladaptive coping and inhibitory deficits in the Stroop task: Pain catastrophizing scores correlate with incongruent color naming times. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting (San Francisco).

Janschewitz, K., & Knowlton, B.J. (2008). Directed forgetting performance correlates with psychological responses to pain. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting (San Francisco).

Jay, T.B. & Janschewitz, K. (2006). Swearing with friends and enemies in high and low places. Paper presented in plenary session of Linguistic Impoliteness and Rudeness Conference (University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, U.K.).

Jay, T.B., & Janschewitz, K. (2005). Parent-child language values. Poster presented at American Psychological Society Convention (Los Angeles). 

Janschewitz, K. (2004). Language processing with taboo stimuli. Paper presented in ‘Taboo Words and Memory’ symposium at Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting (Washington D.C.).

* indicates undergraduate student