Department of Psychology

Katherine Bruce

Kate Bruce education and contact info

Dr. Katherine Bruce, Professor

Ph.D. University of Georgia, 1984
M.S.& M.A. University of Georgia
B.A. Rhodes College

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 3040
601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3374 | bruce@uncw.edulab website

I am an interdisciplinary experimental psychologist with special interests in the study of comparative cognition, or similarities and differences in learning patterns across species. I collaborate with Mark Galizio to study learning and memory in rats, especially as they relate to evolutionary processes. We use olfactory cues to investigate working and episodic memory as well as concept learning. For more info: check out our lab website.

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Related to Animal Behavior/Comparative Cognition

Lazarowski, L.*, Goodman, A.*, Galizio, M., & Bruce, K. (2019). Effects of set size on identity and oddity abstract-concept learning in rats. Animal Cognition, 22(5), 733-742.

Galizio, M., Deal, M.*, Mathews, M.*, Panoz-Brown, D.*, Prichard, A.* & Bruce, K.  (2019). Effects of NMDA antagonist dizocilpine (MK-801) are modulated by the number of distractor stimuli in the rodent odor span task of working memory. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 161, 51-56.

Galizio, M., Mathews, M.*, Prichard, A.*, & Bruce, K. E. (2018). Generalized identity in a successive matching‐to‐sample procedure in rats: Effects of number of exemplars and a masking stimulus. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 110(3), 366-379.

Galizio, M., & Bruce, K. E. (2018). Abstraction, Multiple Exemplar Training and the Search for Derived Stimulus Relations in Animals. Perspectives on Behavior Science, 41, 1-23.

Bruce, K., Dyer, K.*, Mathews, M.*, Nealley, C.*, Phasukkan, T.*, Prichard, A.*, & Galizio, M. (2018). Successive odor matching-and non-matching-to-sample in rats: A reversal design. Behavioural Processes, 155, 26-32.

Branch, C.*, Galizio, M. & Bruce, K. (2014). What-Where-When Memory in the Rodent Odor Span Task. Learning and Motivation, 47, 18-29.  

April, L. B.*, Bruce, K. & Galizio, M. (2013). The magic number 70 (plus or minus 20): Variables determining performance in the rodent odor span task. Learning and Motivation, 44, 143-158.

Bruce, K, & White, W.* (1995). Agonistic relationships and sexual behaviour patterns in male guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Animal Behaviour, 50, 1009-1021.

Bruce, K., & Estep, D.  (1992). Interruption of and harassment during copulation of stumptail macaques (Macaca arctoides). Animal Behaviour, 44, 1029-1044.

Related to Honors/Teaching

Bruce, K. (2014). Fostering transformative undergraduate experiences. In Best Practices in University Teaching (D. Ashe & C. Clements, Eds.)  Wilmington, NC: UNCW Center for Teaching Excellence.

Bruce, K., Horan, J, Kelley, P., & Galizio, M. (2009). Teaching Evolution in the Galápagos. Journal of Effective Teaching, 9(2), 13-29.

James, S. & Bruce, K. (2009). Evolution and Human Nature: Comparing Honors and Traditional Pedagogies for the New Science of the Mind. Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 10, 93-102.

Related to Human Sexuality

Bruce, K. & Walker, L*. &. (2001). College students’ attitudes about AIDS: 1986-2000. AIDS Education and Prevention, 13, 428-437.

Boshamer, C. B*. & Bruce, K. (1999). A scale to measure attitudes about HIV-antibody testing: Development and psychometric validation. AIDS Education & Prevention, 11, 400-413.

Bruce, K., & Reid, B*. (1998). Assessing the construct validity of the AIDS Attitude Scale. AIDS Education & Prevention, 10, 75-89.

Cohen, D., & Bruce, K. (1997). Sex and mortality: Real risk and perceived susceptibility. The Journal of Sex Research, 34.

Bruce, K., & Tarant, S*.  (1997). Characteristics of female college students attending the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Journal of Sex Education & Therapy, 22(2), 31-36.

Bruce, K., Pilgrim, C., & Spivey, R.* (1994). Assessing the impact of Magic Johnson's HIV positive announcement on a university campus? Journal of Sex Education & Therapy, 20, 264-276.