Department of Psychology

Katherine Bruce


Dr. Katherine Bruce, Professor & Director of Honors College

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 |

I am an interdisciplinary experimental psychologist and the director of the UNCW Honors College. My main research interests are 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 it relates to evolutionary processes. We use olfactory cues to investigate working and episodic memory. For more info: check out our lab website.

Select Publications (*indicates student author).

Related to Animal Behavior/Comparative Cognition

Galizio, M., April, B., Deal, M., Hawkey, A., Panoz-Brown, D.*, Prichard, A.*, & Bruce, K. (in press). Behavioral pharmacology of the odor span task: Effects of flunitrazepam, ketamine, methamphetamine, and methylphenidate. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

Prichard, A.*, Panoz-Brown, D.*, Bruce, K., & Galizio, M. (2015). Emergent identity but not symmetry following successive olfactory discrimination training in rats. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 104, 133-145.

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.

April, L.B., Bruce, K, & Galizio, M. (2011).  Matching- and nonmatching-to-sample concept learning in rats using olfactory stimuli.  Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 96, 139-154.

McLaughlin, M.* & Bruce, K. (2001).  The effect of male familiarity on proximity time in female eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki).  Psychological Record, 51, 237-250.

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.