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Linfield College
- Linfield College
Department of Psychology
Kay Livesay Associate Professor

Kay Livesay - Associate Professor

Pioneer 105

Education: B.S. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Academic Interests:
My primary areas of research involve language processing (lexical and sentential) and computational modeling of meaning representation. Presently, I am pursuing research in high-dimensional space modeling of meaning representation, determining the effects discourse constraints on sentence comprehension and examining factors that contribute to individual differences in verbal ability. I have an active research program with a team of undergraduate students. We (my undergraduates and I) recently presented new findings at WPA in Irvine. If you are interested in being a member of the team please contact me.


  • Livesay, K. & Burgess, C. (2003). Mediated Priming in the Cerebral Hemispheres, Brain & Cognition, 53, 283-286.

  • Burgess, C & Livesay, K. (1998). The effect of corpus size in predicting reaction time in a basic word recognition task: Moving on from Kucera and Francis. Behavior Research Methods, Instrument Computers, 30, 272-277.

  • Livesay, K, & Burgess, C. (1998). Mediated priming in high-dimensional semantic space: No effect of direct semantic relationships or co-occurrence. Brain & Cognition, 37, 102-105.

  • Burgess, C., Livesay, K. & Lund, K. (1998). Explorations in context space: Words, sentences, discourse. Discourse Processes, 25, 211-257.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Cognition (PSYC 283)
  • Design & Analysis (PSYC 250)
  • Seminar in Cognition (PSY 383)
  • Senior Seminar: Issues in Psychology (PSY 485)

Biographical Information

I like to cook (and eat), play soccer, hike, garden and read science fiction (not necessarilly in that order).