Name: Kristin Jay
Title: Associate 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. Specifically, my training is in cognitive neuroscience, which is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand the biological bases of mental processes such as perception, attention, memory, cognitive control, and language.  As an undergraduate, I became interested in psychology when I learned the field of psycholinguistics existed--as someone who has always enjoyed writing and playing with words, I was delighted to find a field in which it was of interest to quantify how people use language to do things to each other. As a graduate student and postdoc I studied other mental processes--most of my research projects involved the effect of emotion on attention, long-term memory, and executive function. My dissertation addressed these issues in relatively practical ways--it was generally about cognitive and emotional regulation in the context of maladaptive coping and functional physical disorders. At Marist, I have continued to study how people acquire and use emotional language, and how they self-censor themselves. I have published in scholarly journals including Pain, Behavior Research Methods, Language Sciences, and the American Journal of Psychology. My work has been covered by popular media outlets including the Independent, The Guardian, the Huffington Post, and IFL Science.

Studying maladaptive coping, pain, and offensive language has made me quite aware of the need to better understand adaptive coping. To this end, I am currently working on projects related to mindfulness and other forms of meditation. I am especially interested in how meditative practices impact health, creativity, sensory acuity and phenomenological experience.  

I teach Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology & Lab, Foundations of Cognitive Science, Psychobiology & Lab, and Research Methods I. I really enjoy supporting independent study and honors student research projects, as these are rewarding for everybody. I manage the participant pool. And... ask me about the cognitive science minor!


Pottery... low fire techniques. Nature. 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


Eastern Psychological Association

New England Psychological Association

Sigma Xi

Psi Chi


*Davis, A. & Jay, K. (2015). Thought suppression and working memory capacity. Poster presented at Eastern Psychological Association Annual Convention (Philadelphia, PA) and Eastern Colleges Science Conference (Niagara, NY).

*Bridges, R. & Jay, K. (2014, 2015). Construal level and self-control: An analysis of IAT performance. Poster presented at New England Psychological Association Annual Meeting (Lewiston, ME) and Eastern Psychological Association Annual Convention (Philadephia, PA). Paper presented at Eastern Colleges Science Conference (Niagara, NY).

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