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Kathleen Galotti

Director of Cognitive Science, Cognitive Science
William H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science, Cognitive Science

Education & Professional History

Wellesley College, BA; University of Pennsylvania, MA, MSE (Computer & Information Sciences), PhD

I joined the Carleton faculty in 1983. I received a B.A. (with a double major in Psychology and Economics) from Wellesley College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology, and an M.S.E. in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. At Carleton I teach courses in developmental and cognitive psychology, as well as courses in introductory cognitive science. In past years, I also frequently taught introductory psychology and psychological statistics. I helped establish the Cognitive Studies concentration at Carleton, and serve as its coordinator. I also served as the Psychology Department chair from 1991-1994. I am the author of two textbooks Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory, and Cognitive Development:  Infancy Through Adolescence, as well as a trade book, Making Decisions in Everyday Life, and over two dozen journal articles.

In my life outside of Carleton (Yes! I have one!) I am a mom to Tim and Kimmie. I also train Bernese Mountain dogs in obedience, and am a licensed obedience judge in the AKC and ASCA registries.

Follow the links below to see course syllabi, publications and grants, photos and more information about my dog-related activities, and recent and not-so-recent photos of Tim, Kimmie, and the dogs!


At Carleton since 1983.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2020
    CGSC 100: How We Make Important Decisions
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    CGSC 394: Collaborative Research in Cognitive Science
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    PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology
  • Winter 2021
    CGSC 232: Cognitive Processes
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    CGSC 233: Laboratory Research Methods in Cognitive Processes
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    CGSC 391: Independent Study
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    CGSC 392: Independent Research
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    CGSC 400: Integrative Exercise
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    PSYC 232: Cognitive Processes
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    PSYC 233: Laboratory Research Methods in Cognitive Processes
  • Spring 2021
    CGSC 394: Collaborative Research in Cognitive Science
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    CGSC 400: Integrative Exercise
  • Fall 2021
    CGSC 336:
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    CGSC 396: Directed Research in Cognitive Studies
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    PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology
  • Winter 2022
    CGSC 232: Cognitive Processes
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    CGSC 233: Laboratory Research Methods in Cognitive Processes