Holly A. Taylor
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1992
Dr. Holly A. Taylor received her bachelors degree in
mathematics, with a minor in Psychology from Dartmouth College in 1987.
She earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University in
1992. She has been a faculty at Tufts since 1994. In addition to her
work, she enjoys running road races, hiking, and spending time with her
Dr. Taylor's research examines the
mental representation of information, sometimes referred to as mental
models or situation models. She is particularly interested in the
domains of spatial cognition and comprehension. Her work focuses on how
information sources influence mental models. For example, if someone
learns the Tufts University campus by walking around versus from a map,
how different and how similar are their mental models? This work also
extends to multimedia information sources and their effects on mental
representations. In addition to basic research in this area, she is
interested in applications to real-world information sources. Another
area of research, in collaboration with Dr. Robin Kanarek, examines
nutritional effects on cognitive behavior, in both children and adults.
Students can get involved in research with Dr.
Taylor during the academic year either through one of the independent
research courses or on a volunteer basis. If interested, please contact
her by e-mail.