Faculty Bio

Jan Andrews

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science

Janet (Jan) K. Andrews earned her A.B. from Bard College and her A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a founding member of Vassar’s Cognitive Science Program (now Department) and teaches courses on introductory cognitive science, language, research methods, statistics and experimental design, and (occasionally) the cognitive science seminar (Cogs 311 topic for 2017b:  Language, embodiment, and abstraction).

Her research interests concern the relationships between perception, language, and cognition. A long-term interest is in the structure and formation of category concepts and in the relationship between perceptual processes and abstract knowledge. Her research investigates these issues by examining the category learning behavior and perceptual judgments of adults, increasingly using the online platform Mechanical Turk.  Much of her research is done in collaboration with Vassar colleagues Joshua de Leeuw and Ken Livingston and with Vassar cognitive science students. We have repeatedly found that learning novel object categories systematically alters how the objects are judged, but it is challenging to determine what causes the particular patterns of alteration that do or do not occur.

Recent publications and conference presentations (underlined names are current or former Vassar students):

Andrews, J., de Leeuw, J., Larson, C., & Xu, X.  (2017).  A Preliminary P-Curve Meta-Analysis of Learned Categorical Perception Research.  Paper submitted to the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

de Leeuw, J. R., Andrews, J. K., Livingston, K. R., & Chin, B. M.  (2016).  The effects of categorization on perceptual judgment are robust across different assessment tasks. Collabra, 2(1), 1–9.

de Leeuw, J. R., & Andrews, J.  (2015).  Using a task-filled delay during discrimination trials to examine different components of learned visual categorical perception. In D. Noelle, R. Dale, R., A. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. Jennings, C., & P. Maglio (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 536-541). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Andrews, J. K.  (2014).  Emerging sign languages: Evidence from the Caribbean.  In N. Faraclas, R. Severing, C. Weijer, E. Echteld, & W. Rutgers (Eds.), Creolization and Commonalities, Proceedings of the ECICC, Volume 2.  Willemstad, Curaçao: Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma.  Pp. 77-83.

Jan is also a founding member of the faculty group who created the Statistics at Vassar website to provide information to students and faculty about Vassar's curricular offerings in statistics and related topics.  Visit it here.

(Updated 2/28/17)